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UHS: 1 Of Only 3 High Schools Invited To Present At Drake University Conference

Following an exceptional Urbandale High School (UHS) Research Poster Fair in December 2016, Drake University professors, who served as judges in the UHS Poster Fair, invited UHS students to showcase five posters in the 14th Annual Drake University Conference on Undergraduate Research in the Sciences (DUCURS), hosted by the Drake Undergraduate Science Collaborative Institute (DUSCI) on April 13, 2017. The Conference featured oral presentations and poster presentations on current research projects primarily by Drake undergraduate students and faculty. The UHS students who presented at DUCURS qualified by having developed comprehensive, thought-provoking and innovative presentations which earned awards during the UHS Research Poster Fair.

“I really appreciated the opportunity to present at a collegiate level, as well as getting the chance to speak with a judge and college students to hear their opinions,” said UHS student Peyton Weigel.

“I saw how science can be used in real life and how big the topic of biology is and how much you can research in the field of biology,” said UHS student Hannah Searcy.

UHS was one of only three high schools to have been invited to present. In addition to the presenting students, Katie Bunce invited 24 of her College AP Biology students to the event in order to learn from both the research posters as well as oral presentations. UHS students also participated in a special presentation by Drake Admissions while they ate lunch and took a tour of the science facilities.

“I learned that there are some very intelligent people in the biology field. It seems like they talk in a different language sometimes, but the effort and time these people put into their research is incredible. I always knew there was a lot of research behind projects and experiments, but I never realized how much or to what extent,” said UHS student Grace Rempe.

Gaining new perspectives by interacting with peers, professors, and mentors who introduce new ideas, solutions, and possibilities aligns with the Urbandale Community School District’s vision of being a District that brings learning to life for everyone. Learning takes place both inside and outside the classroom and the District is thankful to Drake University for serving as content-experts as judges in the UHS Research Poster Fair and inviting UHS students to present at their own research conference. The District congratulates Bunce for her mentorship of these talented students and commends the student presenters for developing such thorough research that resulted in receiving invitations to present at the collegiate level.