Magazine article Phi Kappa Phi Forum

Augusta State Chapter Celebrates Student Success

Magazine article Phi Kappa Phi Forum

Augusta State Chapter Celebrates Student Success

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What began as a small effort in 1999 by three Phi Kappa Phi faculty members to highlight student research at Augusta State University has grown into an annual conference that celebrates student success and scholarly endeavor.

ECONOMICS PROFESSOR AND THEN-PRESIDENT of the university's chapter of Phi Kappa Phi, Jurgen Brauer, along with Steve Hobbs, psychology, and Gary Stroebel, chemistry and physics, wanted to give undergraduate and graduate students, regardless of discipline, the opportunity to present original research in a conference setting. Thus was born the Phi Kappa Phi Student Research Conference. The first conference was held in 2000; seventeen presentations and a poster session were presented.

"We wanted to showcase what our students could do by the time we are almost finished with them (or they with us!)," says Dr. Brauer. "Also, we wanted to create a forum where faculty and students could view each others' work across the disciplinary boundaries. What better way to do this than within the structure of an interdisciplinary honor society?"

The one-day conference, now called the Student Research and Fine Arts Conference, is held each March. …

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