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Students, Faculty Collaborate on Creative Projects

Monday, April 20, 2009

University of San Diego students will present an array of research projects tomorrow during the fourth annual Creative Collaborations showcase.

Undergraduate students from more than 20 academic departments, who have spent the past year working on research projects or an internship in conjunction with a faculty advisor, will present their findings at the event.

“The best aspect is the quality and diversity of work our students are capable of,” says Debbie Tahmassebi, a professor in USD’s Chemistry and Biochemistry Department and chair of the Creative Collaborations committee. “Much of this work represents experiences and learning outside of the traditional classroom setting, which contributes significantly to the quality of the education our students receive.”

More than 125 posters will be displayed, and students will be on hand to explain their projects Tuesday, April 21, from 12:15 to 2:30 p.m. at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice. The free event is open to the public.

The diverse research topics include: international financial reporting standards and the future of accounting; the feasibility of solar power at USD; the impact of immigration policies on Filipino families; converting exercise into electrical energy; the link between an antipsychotic drug and the onset of diabetes; and an examination of free will, karma and the problem of evil.

“What I enjoy most is the opportunity I have to learn about the great work being done by students and faculty in other disciplines, things I likely would never hear or learn about outside of this event,” says Tahmassebi, an advisor for three of the student projects this year.

— Ryan T. Blystone

For more information about Creative Collaborations, click here.

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