By Kelly Etheredge/Staff writer

Eastern is one of eight universities hosting Posters at the Capitol 2005, an event intended to show the Kentucky legislators the importance of involving undergraduates in creative and scholarly work and research.There is an organizing committee composed of faculty members from each of the eight universities. The faculty member for Eastern is Rose Perrine in the department of psychology.

According to Perrine, John Mateja at Murray State University started Posters at the Capitol in 2002.

She said students are encouraged to submit any creative or scholarly work on a 4-foot-by-4-foot poster. The event is open to all students, but it is competitive, and a limited number of them will be chosen to participate. Those chosen are encouraged to meet with their local legislators at the poster event in Frankfort.

In addition to possibly obtaining funding, students get other benefits.

“Completing such projects helps students understand the importance of planning, critical thinking, problem solving, perseverance and collaboration,” Perrine said. “Students collaborate with faculty members, who give their own time to help these students succeed.”

It is expected that Eastern will have a good turnout for this event. Bonnie Gray, director of the honors program, is trying to get the honors students involved.

Every year, the honors students go to the National Collegiate Honors Council, where they have panels about different topics.

Some students use posters, and Gray is encouraging these students and their faculty mentors to submit these proposals for Posters at the Capitol as well.

“This is a very important event because it gives students in general (and honors program students) who do research an important venue to display their work,” Gray said. “It shows our state legislators that important research work is being done by undergraduate students at Kentucky universities.”

Abstracts for this event are due by Oct. 27. They are to be submitted online at http://campus.murraystate.eku/services/ursa/PosterRegistration2005.html. Students wishing to submit abstracts should e-mail Perrine at rose.perrine@eku.edu. Students will be chosen and notified by Nov. 19.

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