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April 11, 2018 – Butte, Montana

Highlands College Associate of Science student, Melissa Casey, presented research at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) last week at the University of Central Oklahoma (UCO). This gerontology study, about elders, focused on the intergenerational exchange of entertainment preferences between elders and undergraduate student researchers. This project was partially funded through a RAMP scholarship which is a faculty mentored and designed team project for freshman and sophomore students. Additionally, one Psychological Research Methods student, Logan Randall, and six Sociological and Psychology of Aging students contributed to this project: Charlena Isaacson, Michaela Bell, Heidi Fox, Kathryn Stephenson, Alexus Scott, and Brittany Tadday.

It was exciting and a little overwhelming,” said Melissa. “It was wonderful to get to present my research. But it was amazing participating in this national conference and meeting other students and seeing their research.” This quote reminds me of my mentor, Dr. Lovell, “a lot of people have gone further than they thought they could because someone else thought they could – she is my someone.

Attendees at this national conference included more than 4,000 students and faculty mentors, representing 435 universities across all 50 U.S. states, Washington, D.C. and 13 other countries. NCUR is dedicated to promoting undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative activity in all fields of study and sponsors an annual national conference.

I am proud of Melissa,” said Highlands College Dean, Dave Gurchiek. “It was impressive that this research was accepted at this national conference. It was very impressive, however, that she participated as a two-year student.

Melissa was accompanied to the conference by her Research Methods and Psychology of Aging instructor and mentor, Dr. Elyse D. Lovell, who, coincidentally, received her bachelor and master’s degrees from UCO.

For any further information about this issue or any issue pertaining to Montana Tech or Highlands College, please contact Amanda Badovinac at 406-496-4828 or Dave Gurchiek at 406-496-3714.

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For Immediate Release
April 18, 2018
Press Release

Nine Highlands College Students Present Research and Scholarly Activities at Montana 2YC Research Day

Montana Statewide Two Year College Research Day was a celebration with students presenting their research, creative and scholarly activities from across the state of Montana, held last week at Helena College, Helena MT. Dr. John W. Hartman was the Helena College co-coordinator with Jenn Bergner, and summarized the event, “This was the 6th Annual Montana 2YC Research Day, and the second time that Helena College has sponsored the event. Research is critical for our students as a teaching tool and an advanced experience, and assists in securing employment and improving the strength and well-being of our communities.” Entrepreneur and Headframe Spirits Distillery Owner, John Mckee, Butte MT, was the opening speaker, and he shared the importance of research with the science and engineering in making spirits. He also described cutting edge spirits equipment that he has designed and is now selling.

Highlands College had ten projects presented in various disciplines: Drafting, Math – General Studies, Trades – Construction, Gerontology, Psychology, Sociology, and Education. Highlands College faculty mentors included Rebecca (Becky) Morris, Jeff Draper, Bill Ryan, and Elyse Lovell. Students presenting projects included Lacey Dolcater, Chandler Hawley, Danielle (Dani) Reichert, Haley Mellott, Michal Bettale, Melissa Casey, Audra Steinhauer, Ravyn Scott and Robert Shelton.

Three of the students presenting were awarded research grants from Montana Tech, Ravyn Scott and Robert Shelton were each recipients of Undergraduate Research Project (URP) grants which are grants that provide undergraduates with the opportunity to work with a mentor on a research project. Melissa Casey and Robert Shelton received RAMP research grants which are designed for a team of undergraduate researchers. Logan Randall and Virginia (Ginny) Wait were also a part of the team that earned the RAMP scholarships.

Highlands College Dean, Dr. Dave Gurchiek said, “Our students and their mentors have made outstanding strides in their research, creative, and scholarly activities, and they have also included local businesses in their research which helps contribute to our economic development.”

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