Thirty-seven IVC students, supported by the IVC Honors Program, participated in the 21st Annual UCI Community College Honors Research Conference March 26-27. IVC students delivered 21 oral presentations, 7 poster presentations, and 1 performance, for a total of 29 of the 236 total presentations given over two days. The students had been working since November 2020 to conduct research, write proposal abstracts, prepare their posters, and record their presentations – all culminating in their participation in live Q&A during the conference.
IVC students' research topics included disabilities in the entertainment industry, vaccine hesitancy, music therapy for Alzheimer’s and stroke patients, the genome structure of the Mexican salamander Axolotl, and the evolution of a Black woman's body from colonization to self-discovery. In a particularly challenging academic year, these student researchers took their learning beyond the classroom, conducting in-depth research under the supervision of faculty mentors and sharing their findings with a state-wide scholarly community. Seven IVC students also participated in the conference by volunteering to moderate Q&A during poster and oral presentation sessions.
At the conference awards ceremony, IVC Honors Program students Zain Raja and Mya Lucas won Exemplary Achievement Awards for academic excellence in the Honors Program, progress towards their personal goals, and extracurricular service to their community.
Highlights of the IVC students’ presentations can be viewed here.