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More than 200 IU Southeast students to showcase unique research

NEW ALBANY, IN, (April 8, 2013) – IU Southeast psychology students Patricia Strickland and Catrina Lowery can take one look at a specific hand gesture during a conversation and determine whether someone will think that person is lying.

They will present their research into the subject at the 9th Annual IU Southeast Student Conference: Celebrating Achievement, held April 11th and 12th at IU Southeast.

They are just two of the more than 200 students who are participating in this year’s conference, which highlights the incredible work being done in classrooms across the IU Southeast campus.

The Student Conference allows students, faculty, and visitors to celebrate the achievements of the research and creative projects that are undertaken at IU Southeast.

Themes range from invasion and conflict to mathematics, music, and ecology. Students present papers or posters and will be judged by a panel of IU Southeast faculty.

Unique subjects are often covered at the conference. For example, psychology students Lindsay Riley and Brittany Keith will discuss the relationship between extraterrestrial beliefs and traditional religious beliefs. Computer science and mathematics students Andrei Escartin, Austin Hall, and Erik George will use an autonomous mobile robot to locate a target based on audio input. How? By using technology to teach their robots to play Marco Polo.

The conference is once again being held in tandem with the Student Showcase, which demonstrates the many ways students are engaging in one of more than 50 majors at IU Southeast.

The IU Southeast Student Showcase is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, April 11 in the Hoosier Room. Graduate student presentations run from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m., Thursday, April 11 in University Center North. Undergraduate student presentations run from 8:15 to 10:45 a.m. and again from 10 to 11:30 a.m., Friday, April 12 in University Center North. Presentations are free and the public is invited and encouraged to attend.

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