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Record 45 North Central students to present at NCUR

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Student presenters at previous NCUR
Student presenters at previous NCUR

For the third consecutive year, a record number of students from North Central College will participate in the nation’s leading conference on undergraduate research.

Forty-five students will represent North Central at the annual National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) March 29-31 at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. No other college or university in Illinois will send more students to this prestigious conference.

“This is an extraordinary achievement for our students and their faculty mentors, who cultivate student research projects and guide students through the submission process,” says Nancy Peterson, North Central College’s coordinator of undergraduate research and professor of chemistry. “Of the 3,190 total submissions, NCUR accepted 45 North Central students. We’re among the most of any institution at the conference.”

The 45 students will present 34 different proposals; some proposals have more than one presenter, and three students will present two different research projects. Of those 45 students, 19 are part of North Central’s College Scholars Honor Program and nine of the research projects were funded by a Richter Independent Study Fellowship grant by the College.

The National Conference on Undergraduate Research is dedicated to promoting undergraduate research, scholarship and creative activity in all fields of study. This annual gathering welcomes more than 2,500 scholars and their faculty mentors from all institutions of higher learning in the United States. NCUR creates a unique environment for the celebration and promotion of undergraduate student achievement. To learn more about the conference, visit or

Students chosen to present at NCUR are Arlinda Bajrami, Jessica Berger, Veronica Blue, Michelle Branigan, Kathryn Brouch, Mia Bryan, Caila Byrd, Jami Crouch, Margaret Drewno, Maria Gommel, Hywel Griffith, Kelvin Guilbault, Rima Gungor, Viviana Gutierrez, Grace Heimerl, Madison Henry, Samuel Jaros, Megan King, Luke Kinney, Katie Legner, Donglun Liu, Colin Loeffler, Erin Martin, Ross McIntire, Eric McKee, Amy Pacheco, Jessica Pantel, Giuseppe Pellicano, Nicholas Petkunas, Megan Potilechio, Randi Purcell, Emily Rademaker, Jonathan Rascher, Chris Rivard, Brittnea Roozen, Emma Rothenfluh, Brittany Rowe, Megan Schrock, Megan Shoemate, Jenna Slack, Alexis Smith, Emily Stewart, Shauntal Van Dreel, Katelyn Van Lankvelt and Mark Zajac.

Their research covered the following areas of study: accounting, anthropology, art, biology, economics, finance, education, English, history, mathematics, French, German, music, theatre, psychology, religious studies, speech communication, political science, leadership, ethics and values.