With research on sciatic nerve regeneration, the implications of marginal tax rates on housing prices, honey bee survival and extreme winter precipitation in the Upper Mississippi River Basin, there was lots to discuss when 21 Iowa State University undergraduates presented their research to legislators and others during the annual "Research in the Capitol" Tuesday, March 24, in the Rotunda of the State Capitol building in Des Moines. Among those students was former Ames Laboratory Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) program student Catherine Meis, of Le Mars and a senior in materials engineering. She presented a poster on "Ionic Electroactive Polymer Actuators for Microfluidic Mixing," based on research she did with Nastaran Hashemi and Reza Montazami, mechanical engineering.
More than 60 undergraduate students from Iowa's three Regent universities (Iowa State, the University of Iowa, and the University of Northern Iowa) displayed their research posters and described their work. The event highlighted the importance of research to the undergraduate learning experience.
At Iowa State, participation is open to all undergraduate students. The University Honors Program coordinates the event.