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2017 research roundup

Undergrad research stands out

Students make the most of hands-on learning opportunities in 2017

Contact: ​Jeff Johnston


​Central Michigan University senior John McCarty sums it up like this: "I wouldn't have been able to gain the research experience I did here at other places."

The chance to do hands-on research as an undergraduate is a hallmark of the CMU experience for countless students. In fact, research is fundamental in courses of study including CMU's in-demand microscopy program.

McCarty, who studies Alzheimer's disease in the biology lab, also plays CMU basketball and maintains a 4.0 GPA. Next fall, he's headed to the Yale School of Medicine physician associate program.

Fellow undergrad Jackson Bensley recently helped community health faculty member Andrea Bombak research attitudes about body size by interviewing bariatric surgery patients.

"Not only am I gaining experience in research early," he said, "it is the most helpful I have ever felt in my life."

Stories about undergraduate research at CMU were plentiful in 2017. Here are more of the highlights:

Honored for heat exhaustion research

Two juniors in CMU's athletic training program won the Best Original Research Award at the nation's largest regional sports medicine conference. Oh, and their findings could save lives.

Digging it in New Hampshire

Studying anthropology, junior Lily Ten Eyck got her hands dirty over the summer at an internship with the state archaeologist of New Hampshire. She helped identify bones in an unmarked gravesite and spent three weeks digging a Paleo-Indian site. 

Fighting social media addiction

Undergrads teamed with graduate students and psychology faculty member Sarah Domoff to design an intervention for teens who overdo social media.

Delivering midwife awareness

Senior Moriah Cooper is researching awareness and advocacy of midwifery services in the Detroit area, along with the barriers to those services in communities with a high minority population.

Building awareness that all thoughts matter

Elementary education major Emily Assenmacher's senior research project turned into a guide for teachers on how best to teach poetry to students who need an emotional outlet.

Visualizing a bigger personal space

Can meditation help people change their sense of personal space? Research by CMU sophomore Nathan Houle and senior Jessica LaLone could help people improve athletic performance or overcome conditions such as claustrophobia and social anxiety.


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