Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Representative Grill views Truman State University students’ undergraduate research at Capitol

Representative Grill views Truman State University students’ undergraduate research at Capitol

Kirksville, Mo.- Representative Jason Grill visited with Truman State University students who presented a poster outlining their research project as one of 20 examples of undergraduate research showcased by Truman State University students at the Missouri Capitol Building in Jefferson City. The poster display provided legislators, Capitol employees and the public an opportunity to discuss the research projects with Truman students from throughout Missouri and elsewhere.

Kristen Overson, Rachel Goldammer and Steve Webb presented research titled "Putting Learning into Practice: The Practicum in Agriculture at Truman State University". Their faculty mentor is Dr. Michael Seipel.Known for its commitment to undergraduate research, Truman has more than 1,200 additional students involved in research, affording them the opportunity to work closely with faculty mentors. These research projects are often presented at various national conferences.

Overson is from St. Charles. A senior communication disorders major at Truman, and the daughter of Karen Schulte, Overson attended Francis Howell High School. At the University she is involved with Alpha Sigma Alpha, Tau Lambda Sigma and Farm Bureau.

Goldammer, of Raytown & Kansas City, is a senior agricultural science major, the daughter of Steve & Pam Goldammer, and attended Raytown High School. Her activities at Truman include Sigma Alpha and Student Ambassador.

Webb of Edina, Mo., formerly lived in Plainfield, Ill., is the son of Paul and Phyllis Webb, and a graduate of Plainfield High School.

Truman State University, founded in 1867 and located in Kirksville, Mo., maintains one of the highest graduation rates for Missouri public institutions. More than 40 percent of Truman’s graduates pursue an advanced degree immediately upon receiving the bachelor’s degree. Truman enrolls approximately 5,800 students.