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    MARCH 30, 2006
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Symposium showcases undergrad research

Undergraduate research accomplishments will be showcased April 5 at TURF-CREWS (Temple Undergraduate Research Forum and Creative Works Symposium), the Temple’s 13th annual academic conference for undergraduates.

More than 70 students will present their original work at the conference, which began in the African-American studies department as the brainchild of professor Sonja Peterson-Lewis and has expanded over the years into a campuswide celebration and sharing of research.

In 2005, creative arts were added to the conference. This year, students from engineering, business and other disciplines will take part for the first time.

TURF-CREWS allows students to engage in scholarly discussion, examine their peers’ research techniques, and get feedback on their work. It also seeks to encourage future undergraduate and graduate study.

Topics range from the effect of Junior ROTC programs in local high schools to women’s cultural roles and their effect on music instruction in India. Students from the Ambler Campus also will present research for the “healing gardens” exhibit featured at this year’s Philadelphia Flower Show.

Interest in the forum has grown each year, said Scott Gratson, director of the communications program at the School of Communications and Theater.

For example, SCT received about 150 applications this year, up from just 33 last year. About 18 were selected to present at TURF-CREWS.

“It’s really blossomed; it’s become a lot more competitive,” he said.

Faculty, staff, students, parents and friends are encouraged to attend and participate in discussions throughout the day.

The program includes sessions in the Student Center (rooms 200 A-C, the Underground and the Reel) from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and a reception at Rock Hall from 7 to 9 p.m. that features a presentation of certificates and a recital by senior composition major Mena Hanna, a 2006 Marshall Scholarship winner.

For more information on TURF-CREWS, visit www.temple.edu/TURF.

- Patti Truant