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Tippie Undergraduate Students to Present Research at April 25 Celebration

Four College of Business students will be among the more than 100 University of Iowa undergraduate students who will present their research at the Iowa Center for Research by Undergraduates (ICRU) Fifth Annual Spring Undergraduate Research Festival from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 25 in the Blank Honors Center Atrium. The event is free and open to the public.

UI Associate Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education and Dean of the University College, M. Beth Ingram, will give opening remarks, and UI Interim Vice President for Research Jordan Cohen will present the Vice President for Research's 2009 Excellence in Undergraduate Research Awards at noon.

Many students presenting at the festival received recognition as an ICRU Research Fellow to pursue a specific research question and received $2,500 for the 2008-09 academic year.

"These awards represent a wonderful opportunity for outstanding students to use their creativity to gain hands-on experience while exploring career directions," said Bob Kirby, ICRU director. Students working in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Carver College of Medicine, the College of Engineering, the College of Pharmacy, the College of Education, Tippie College of Business, the College of Nursing, and the College of Public Health will present their research at the festival. In addition to the presentations, outstanding poster awards and participation prizes will be awarded.

For more information on ICRU or to view a list of student presenters at the festival, their majors, research projects, and mentors, visit

Tippie students presenting are:

—Sarah Raaii, a journalism and mass communication and marketing major working with mentor Dan Berkowitz in the UI School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Raaii's poster is entitled "Conjuring Abraham, Martin, and John: Memory, Myth and News of the Obama Presidential Campaign." Raaii is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Ahmad Raaii.

—Bethany Patten, an international studies and economics major working with mentor Gabriele Camera in the economics department. Patten's poster is entitled "Risk Attitudes in Two Big Ten Student Populations." Patten is the daughter of Julie and Larry Patten.

—Roberto Paniagua, a political science and economics major working with mentor Johnnie Sims in the UI Center for Diversity and Enrichment. Paniagua's poster is entitled "A Look at Campus Climate at the University of Iowa." Paniagua is the son of Roberto and Zita Paniagua.

—Erin Donohue, a business management and dance major working with mentor Ken Brown in the management and organizations department. Donohue's poster is entitled "Assessing Community Needs." Donohue is the daughter of Jim and Kelly Donohue.

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