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HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – At Northern Kentucky University, undergraduate students can get into the research lab or the field from day one – and hundreds of them have over the past year.

Their work will be honored and celebrated Wednesday, Aug. 26 at the annual Heather Bullen Interdisciplinary Summer Research Celebration. The event is 4-6 p.m. in the James C. and Rachel M. Votruba Student Union ballroom.

Nearly 100 students will present research on a range of topics: from the efficiency of wetlands at Covington’s Bill Cappel Sports Complex; to whether exposure to PCBs in the womb affects thyroid levels; to ways to identify criminal activity on Facebook; to how leaving college early affects NBA players. 

“We are proud to showcase the work of our talented students, who are conducting innovative research right here at Northern Kentucky University,” said Provost Sue Ott Rowlands. “This event is also a testament to the extraordinary dedication of our faculty, who support and encourage our students each day.”

The event is named for Dr. Heather Bullen, a tenured analytical chemist at NKU who was a strong proponent of undergraduate research. She passed away in 2012, and a scholarship her name benefits first-generation students in the STEM disciplines.

The winner of the 2015 Heather Bullen Memorial Award is Lucas Edelen, a Chemistry major whose research focuses on the synthesis of microcyclamides MZ602 and MZ568.

The public is invited to attend the event.