Students Shine at Big Night

Monday, March 31, 2008

The University of West Georgia will host Big Night 2008 on Thursday, April 3, at 7 p.m. in the Townsend Center for the Performing Arts. A reception and exhibition will follow the event in the atrium of the Technology-enhanced Learning Center (TLC).

Big Night 2008 is celebrating its tenth year highlighting undergraduate research in the field of fine arts, business, education, humanities, the sciences and social sciences. Students work with faculty advisors on research projects for several months or longer and winners are chosen by an interdisciplinary panel of judges. A cash prize of $250 is awarded to each student presenting at Big Night.

Dr. Andy Leavitt, associate vice president for Development and Alumni Relations and professor of chemistry, coordinates the event. He 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.”

Students who will present at Big Night are: Katelyn Perkins of Ottawa, Ontario, “Synthesis of New Transition Metal Catalysts for Oxidation with the Greenhouse Gas,” advised by Dr. Megumi Fujita, assistant professor of chemistry; Melinda Schott-Ceccacci of Carrollton, “Drug Treatment Programs in the Correctional System: An Opportunity to Rehabilitate Offenders Whose Crimes are Driven by Addiction,” advised by Dr. Lee Johnson, assistant professor of sociology and criminology; Harold Walbert of Lithia Springs, a presentation of “La Cathedrale Engloutie” by Claude Bebussy, advised by Dr. Carol Gingerich, associate professor of music; Kim Holder of Cedartown, “Building Tomorrow’s County: Mechanisms of Employment Growth,” advised by Dr. William J. Smith, assistant professor of economics; Lorri Dee Dukes of Douglasville, “An Introductory Paleontology Teaching Tool: The Interactive Fossil Identification Program,” advised by Dr. Julie Bartley, professor of geosciences; and Jeanette Ruiz of Carrollton, “Where All are Guilty, No One Is: On Guilt in Bernhard Schlink's Der Vorleser,” advised by Dr. Muriel Cormican, associate professor of German.

The Association of Research and Creative Humanities (ARCH), an interdisciplinary student organization, will host the reception and exhibition following the presentations. Big Night is a free event and the community is invited to attend. For more information, call 678-839-6582.