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Examples of Student Work


All scholarly works and creative projects are encouraged to present at the annual undergraduate research conference. Here are some highlighted students work. Please also visit the archives of Undergraduate Research Conference programs to view all projects. 

Michelle Franco

Major: Fine Arts

Global Mascaraed is a way to take the facts of climate change and take them into a more creative aspect. This will engage the viewer by letting them see that they, along with the rest of the world, are a part of the problem and the solution. This socially engaged artwork will hopefully inspire the viewer to make changes in their life that are both beneficial for themselves and for the planet equally. The method I am using to illustrate this is by making masks that individually speak about specific subjects on what is happening globally with climate change. Each mask will represent a different topic on climate change. These masks will be hanging from a steel rod frame with transparent string that intertwine each other. The strings are all linked together because even though each topic of climate change may be vastly different, that all come together as part of our planet. The stings will be at an average eye level facing away from the wall so that there is enough space for people to walk behind the mask and look through it and capture the audience’s attention through its frontal view. In front of the masks there will be mirrors with inscriptions of statistics on how people are impacting our planet and how each person can fix it. The viewer will have to look through the mask in order to read what is inscribed in the mirror to help the viewer understand that each person can make a difference and that each person individually is part of the problem as well as the small individual solution. The expected result is that the audience will leave with an open mind and realize that climate change is not a joke. That they will leave inspired and perhaps make changes in their life that will help everyone in the long term.

 Jacob Paschall

Major: Biology, Music Composition

Minor: Chemistry


Jacob Paschall (left) with his faculty mentor Dr. Mark Mazurek (right).

At MSU Denver, Jacob Paschall is pursuing a BS in Biology and a BM in Music Composition with a minor in Chemistry. Jacob is on track to graduate by the spring of 2014. After he completes his undergraduate course work, Jacob intends to pursue a Ph.D. in neuroscience and to attend medical school, in order that he may become a medical research scientist.

“My experience participating in the MSU Undergraduate Research Conference has been very fulfilling and enlivening. To be able to share my research with my peers and to have the opportunity to be informed about the research being done by them was a real privilege. Working with my research mentor, Dr. Mazurek has also been a true privilege. His guidance and direction has had a profound impact on my intellectual development.” ~Jacob Paschall 

Student's Poster Presentation:

Jacob Paschall's Poster  

 Tessa Arends

Major: Cell and Molecular Biology


"Doing undergraduate research at Metropolitan State University of Denver has given me an opportunity to conduct hypothesis based research. This is essential for my success in the sciences and has given me experience that will follow me throughout graduate school and beyond. What is most important about my experience is that I have had a great faculty mentor to guide and teach me through this time doing research. I believe that the one-on-one mentorship that I have received helped me develop into a better researcher and gave me the confidence to do research independently as well" - Tessa Arends


Student's Poster Presentation

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