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Annual Conference Highlights Student-Faculty Collaboration


Research on “green” plastics that could reduce the demand for oil. A study on how to build a peaceful society among youth in war-torn Africa. And a look at how movie trailers can spell success or failure for a movie.


These are just a few of the research projects to be presented at the University of San Diego’s annual “Creative Collaborations” conference on Thursday, April 24. The event takes place from noon to 2 p.m. in USD’s Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice.


More than 100 research projects, completed by students with a faculty mentor, will be featured. They range from projects in the natural or social sciences to those in the humanities or business and engineering.


All of  them “showcase the vibrant student-faculty interactions that are a hallmark of a USD education,” said USD Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Julie Sullivan.


“Working side-by-side and engaged in intellectual pursuits with their faculty mentors, USD students gain lifelong experiences that extend far beyond the classroom walls,” she said.


The conference features poster presentations along with audio, video and other multimedia presentations. To take a look at some of last year’s presentations go to and click on “scenes from 2007.”


The University of San Diego is a Catholic institution of higher learning chartered in 1949; the school enrolls approximately 7,500 students and is known for its commitment to teaching, the liberal arts, the formation of values and community service. The establishment of the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies brings the University’s total number of schools and colleges to six. Other academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences and the schools of Business Administration, Leadership and Education Sciences, Law, and Nursing and Health Science.



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