Big Night 2009 is Tonight

Thursday, April 2, 2009

The University of West Georgia will host the 11th annual Big Night in the TLC, Room 1-305, where undergraduate research will be highlighted in the field of fine arts, business, education, humanities, the sciences and social sciences.

UWG students work together with faculty advisors on research projects for several months. An interdisciplinary panel of judges chooses the winners, who present their winning projects on stage at Big Night. Afterward a reception and exhibit will entertain guests in the TLC Atrium.

Dr. Andy Leavitt, professor of chemistry, helps to coordinate the event and said that Big Night provides an opportunity for undergraduate students to present original work to the UWG faculty, staff and students, as well as the community.

“Big Night continues to serve as the centerpiece of our efforts to highlight undergraduate research efforts at UWG,” said Leavitt. “The projects presented are first rate and the students are very deserving of recognition.”

First place winners receive a cash prize of $250; second place winners receive $150 and third place winners receive $100.

Presentations are: Richards College of Business, “Estimating Aspects of the Columbian Drug Trade,” by German Perezvargas, faculty advisor, Dr. William “Joey” Smith, economics; Humanities, “Søren Kierkegaard’s 'Anti-Intellectualism,'” by Geoff Lundeen, faculty advisor, Dr. Mark Tietjen, philosophy; Arts, “Improvisation on The Peanut Vendor,” by Bryan Hall, faculty advisor, Professor of Music Dan Bakos; Education, “Engaged versus Disengaged: A Shadow Study,” by Michael McNeirney, faculty advisor, Dr. Allison Nazzal, middle grades education; Social Sciences, “Evolution Revolution: Laying the Foundation for Darwinian Evolution in an Introduction to Anthropology Course,” by Meggie Dunivent and Heather McGuire, faculty advisor, Dr. Marjorie M. Snipes, anthropology; and Sciences, “Application of the Angle Difference Method for Interactive Change Detection of Urban Sprawl,” by Sean McDermott, faculty advisor, Dr. J.C. Seong, geography.

For more information, call 678-839-6550.