The Undergraduate Scholars Forum (USF) is a yearly event allowing students to present
their findings and development for those interested in research. Students
interact with scholars, professors, and other individuals who seek interest in
the occasion. Today’s story comes from the Geography Department, Danielle
Lewis, who is a senior and president of IUP’s Women STEM club and a McNair
Danielle presented her research on the land use patterns
along the Mississippi river. With the
help of Steve Hovan from the Department of Geoscience, they focused on
urban land use region. They tried to find if surface runoff correlated with the
dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico, and if there was an influx of nutrients during
the years of flooding. If they were
correct during the years of drought, then it would be smaller. If not, then the
dead zone would be larger.
Her research proved to find that during the flooding years the
land use patterns were larger, and were smaller during the drought years. However, they could not say that urban land
use is the only cause to this issue. There are other factors as well: agriculture, warming of the oceans,
etc. Their outcome did eventuate that
urban land use plays a major role in the damage.
Lewis presented in a formal style rather than display. “I did a presentation
style of presenting my research. I kind of like to do that. I’ve done posters
in the past, but I’m more comfortable with presentation,” said Lewis. For
someone who seeks further education in her field, the USF was a great
introduction for conferences in the near future.
compiled and written by Nakisha Cohen, English/Writing Studies)