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Undergraduate students to present summer research at symposium

More than 60 undergraduate students at The University of Toledo spent the past three months delving deep into research projects, including the effect of algal bloom toxins on the development of oysters, a mother’s influence on the accuracy of childhood memories and the effect of nicotine on ovarian cancer cells.

Two of the students translated Korean plays for presentation to American audiences, and four students participated in the Toledo Internship Program with the City of Toledo.

Students will present their work at the End-of-Summer Research Symposium from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 4 in the Student Union. Oral presentations will be in Room 2582. Poster presentations will be in Room 2584.

Andrew Hsu, UT’s new provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, will give opening remarks at 9 a.m. William Messer, Jr., vice president for research, will address the crowd at 2:20 p.m.

“From molecular and cellular biology to history, these projects encompass a comprehensive mixture of natural sciences, human sciences, engineering, humanities and art,” Thomas Kvale, director of the Office of Undergraduate Research and physics professor, said. “The summer research program is a great opportunity for undergraduate students to transcend the classroom and strengthen critical thinking skills with tremendous support from faculty members who serve as mentors.”

Most of the projects are funded through the Office of Undergraduate Research.

The symposium is free and open to the public.

For a full list of research projects, go to

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