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Waynesburg University students to present at National Conference on Undergraduate Research

Posted by Samantha McClintock on Thu, Apr 11, 2013 @ 14:04 PM

Five Waynesburg University students will travel to the University of Wisconsin- La Crosse to present at the 27th annual National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) Thursday, April 11, through Saturday, April 13.

The students represent a variety of majors and research topics, from the “Transmission of Antibiotic Resistance” to “Revitalizing the Philosophy of Adam Smith.”

Anthony Cooper, a senior pre-law major and Stover Scholar, will present his paper titled, "An Invisible Theorist: Revitalizing the Philosophy of Adam Smith," which looks at the moral and economic philosophy of Smith.

“Most Americans agree that the country needs change; this paper addresses the question of whether the philosophy of Smith could reshape America,” Cooper said. “A general conclusion is that a proper mixture of morality and community are the prevailing sentiments necessary for the required changes.”  

Cooper has worked closely alongside Dr. Lawrence M. Stratton, assistant professor of ethics and constitutional law and director of the Stover Center for Constitutional Studies and Moral Leadership, to prepare his paper.

“Mr. Cooper's profound paper strengthens public discourse by elaborating upon capitalism's basis in morality and ethics,” Stratton said. “His research assessed Smith's position in juxtaposition with social theorists Karl Marx, John Rawls and Robert Nozick, among others.”

Cooper defines being a Stover Scholar as being paramount to his development both as a scholar and an individual. He is proud to represent the University alongside his peers in finance and biology at the national event.

Through the Stover Scholars Program, students have an outstanding chance to understand the U.S. Constitution, to witness the workings of government, to prepare for the responsibilities of leadership and to benefit from a generous scholarship. Although the program focuses on issues related to history, government, politics and policy, it is open to students in every major and can provide a strong preparation for virtually any professional calling.

The National Conference, established in 1987, is dedicated to promoting undergraduate research, scholarship and creative activity in all fields of study by sponsoring an annual conference for students. Unlike meetings of academic professional organizations, this gathering of young scholars welcomes presenters from all institutions of higher learning and from all corners of the academic curriculum.

Senior biology students Jeff Johns and Kelsey Geehring will present about “Transmission of Antibiotic Resistance Between Pathogenic MRSA and Non-Pathogenic Microbes,” and “The Effect of Lactobacillus Acidophilus on the Health of Human Skin,” respectively.

Brittany Nimal, a junior forensic accounting major, and Justin Bensema, a senior finance major, will present their paper titled, “SARBANES OXLEY: WAS IT WORTH IT?”

Cooper, Johns and Geehring will also present at Waynesburg University’s third annual Undergraduate Research Symposium Saturday, April 20, 2013, at 1 p.m. in Alumni Hall on the campus of Waynesburg University.

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