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New Conference Gives Undergrads Research Opportunity

April 15, 2010 – Some of the best and brightest regional undergraduate research will be on display at Collin College Friday, April 30.

The inaugural Collin College Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Student Research Conference is set from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Spring Creek Campus Conference Center,  2800 E. Spring Creek Parkway in Plano.

The conference is free and open to the public.

Students from two- and four-year institutions from around the area are slated to present their original research from a variety of different areas of study. This includes presenters from Collin College, Austin College, Texas A & M University-Commerce, the University of North Texas, The University of Texas at Dallas and Angelo State University. The conference will showcase the research of approximately 120 North Texas scholars.

This conference is a rare opportunity for undergraduate students to gain experience in research and the presentation of their work. Attendees also gain the opportunity to network with other students and representatives from universities.

At noon, attendees will be treated to a catered lunch and a keynote speaker, Dr. Mark Orbe. Dr. Orbe is professor of communication and diversity in the School of Communication at Western Michigan University where he holds a joint appointment in the gender and women’s studies program.

He also is the immediate past editor of The Journal of Intergroup Relations and the current co-editor of The International and Intercultural Communication Annual. From 1993-97, he served as an assistant professor of communication at Indiana University Southeast, where he also served as department coordinator and the first campuswide director of diversity.

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Collin County Community College District (Collin College) serves about 46,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degree and certificate programs. The only public college in the county, Collin College is a partner to business, government and industry, providing customized training and work force development.