On April 6th, four Stevenson University students presented their research in each of their academic areas at a national conference in Memphis, TN. The National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR), held annually at a different location each year, highlights research undertaken at the undergraduate level in colleges and universities from around the world. This year, NCUR chose four Stevenson students as having engaged in research of importance to the international community of scholars. Stevenson Nursing majors Kathleen Chucko and Arwa Salhab presented respectively on electronic charting and the use of electronic medication records in nursing simulation. Environmental Science major Marissa Hoffman presented her research on the effect of the emerald ash borer on the woodpecker population in the Eastern US. Public History major Jennifer Liles gave a 20 minute oral presentation on her application of the "Biography of Place" methodology to a small farm in the Cromwell Valley of Baltimore County.
University of Memphis "Tiger" mascot
Each of Stevenson's students attending the conference went for free. One of the positive aspects of having engaged in exemplary research at Stevenson is that the students had their registration, fees, airline tickets, hotel, and meals paid for by the University. Stevenson's Public History Program has an unbroken record of having a student selected to present at NCUR for the last five years. Public History majors Nicole Zang (Tobacco marks during the Colonial Era), Dan Scotten (USCT troops from Maryland in the Civil War), Alex Jeffries (Funeral and mourning practices of African Americans in the Chesapeake region 1780-1900), Austin Knox (Relative accuracy of death reporting from primary sources during the Vietnam War) , and Jennifer Liles (The Biography of Place methodology applied to Willow Grove Farm) have each engaged in oral presentations at the conference over the last five years.