Berea Undergraduate Research Symposium (BURS), Fall 2018


The program for Fall 2018 will be held on Friday, October 19th and Saturday, October 20th. The 2018 BURS will begin with an opening plenary talk by Jacqulyn Noronha-Hostler on “The Quest for Nature’s First and Most Perfect Liquid” in the Yahng Center (MAC 455). After a short break, we will have student oral presentations starting at 2:00 PM (MAC 356, 357, 551, 506) and a plenary talk entitled “Breathing the Earth” at 4:00 PM by Elizabeth Cottrell of the Smithsonian Institution . BURS will continue with student poster presentations and other departmental activities the following morning (Saturday) and the official opening ceremony for the new Cargill Science Building at 2:00 PM and followed by a convocation delivered by Dr. Mae Jemison, first African American woman to travel to space on the Shuttle Endeavor at 3:00 PM.

Geologist Elizabeth Cottrell in her office at the department of Mineral Sciences at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. PC: Eris Qian

Cottrell Plenary Title: Breathing the Earth

Abstract When you hear the word “volcano,” what comes to your mind? Volcanoes are windows to Earth’s deep interior, revealing to us what lies beyond depths accessible to human exploration. Volcanoes shape the landscape, the hydrosphere, and human civilization. From natural disasters to climate change and from diamonds to Dr. Evil, we will explore volcano mysteries together.


On Friday (10/19) we will start at 2:00 PM with oral presentation sessions (15 minutes each) in the Cargill Science building planetarium room. Following the oral session we will have a plenary talk by Elizabeth Cottrell at 4:00 PM for 45 minutes with 10 minutes after for questions. The next day (Saturday, 10/20) we will have building tours from 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM, an additional oral session as well as a poster session in the morning at 9:30 AM-11:00 AM. There will also be planetarium shows at 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM. With posters from various fields (previous posters from chemistry, biology, physics, psychology, sociology, education, African American Studies, economics, industrial arts, computer science, physical education & health, and mathematics). All students who pursued substantial research projects over the previous year are encouraged to present their research. All participants are expected to be at oral sessions on Friday (less than 3 hours) as well as poster/oral sessions on Saturday (another couple hours). We do not require you attend the convocation, but certainly would recommend this opportunity.