Chapman University faculty showcased its scholarly and creative research last week at the Fifth Annual Faculty Research Expo hosted by the Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity. Seven of Chapman’s nine schools and colleges presented opportunities for students to study in their desired fields.
The event was open to students interested in researching with faculty and encouraged them to learn more about the projects to find the right fit. Schmid College represented a large bulk of the turnout with nine faculty members present to discuss their works.
An extensive background knowledge of the material is not a requirement for most of the research opportunities presented at the event. Professors said they need students who are interested and willing to learn about the subject, not industry experts.
Dr. Rosalee Hellberg, a food science professor at Schmid College, presented on the identification of species in ground meat production. In the research, Hellberg brought to light some of the frightening truths of food production. According to her work, “Nine of the 48 ground meat products tested contained additional species not listed on the label.”
While every project is different, many professors expect up to 10 hours of commitment from their students per week, in exchange for class credit. Dr. Jason Keller, who teaches environmental science and biology courses at Schmid College, feels that research gives students much more than just class credit.
“Doing science is the best way to learn science,” he said.
Keller exhibited his work on microbial organic matter reduction to prospective student researchers. In his project, students work with global warming synthesizers that can simulate numerous outcomes of future wetland climates.
“Students participating in faculty research is the hallmark of the Chapman experience and is the epitome of an individualized, personalized education.”