Students from across all majors presented their research projects at the annual Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity (URSCA) Presentation Day.
David Rodriguez ’18 explored the gender disparity in U.S. politics, Kate Nunberg ’18 showcased her research on the effects of oxybenzone–an organic compound typically found in sunscreen–on bioluminescent plankton, and for her part Daniela Vega ’18 presented her research on Mexican immigrant women in the workforce, focusing on the lettuce strike of 1979. These are only three examples of the creative and innovative student work showcased at URSCA.
In addition to their presentations in the Science & Learning Center, students also displayed research posters in A.J. Villalobos Hall, where they were on-hand to answer questions and talk more about their subjects.
“Presenting my research was an amazing way to end my four years of hard work in Anthropology,” said Esther Hills ’18, whose research focused on the effects of adoption. “My professor and peers were so supportive of my research and I am grateful for what I’ve learned here at Whittier, and I’m excited for life after graduation.”
For many students, participation in URSCA represents the culmination of their senior project work. It also satisfies a capstone experience requirement in their curriculum.