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March 1, 2013

Posters on the Hill, the most prestigious undergraduate research event in the country has honored two BSU students.
Presenting her research at the annual event will be Brianne Molloy, who graduated last month with a major in psychology, was mentored by Dr. Elizabeth Spievak, associate professor of psychology, on her research into cognitive biases about environmental risks.
Due to a rule change last year by the Council on Undergraduate Research, which sponsors Posters on the Hill, only one student from each college or university can be chosen to present at the event, which is held on Capitol Hill. However, students who are in the top 10% of submissions are eligible for an Award of Honorable Mention, and BSU student Kathryn St. Laurent , a senior physics major, has earned that designation. She is mentored by Dr. Martina Arndt, professor and chairperson of physics, and her research dealt with extra-solar planets, known as “exoplanets.”
“Brianne’s and Kathryn’s outstanding work, and Elizabeth’s and Martina’s excellent mentoring, are what earned these honors,” said Dr. Jenny Shanahan, director of undergraduate research at BSU.
The students’ research, which has taken place over several semesters and summers, was made possible with funding from the Adrian Tinsley Program. Ms. St. Laurent also received Massachusetts NASA Space Grant Consortium funding for her summer work.
This year’s Posters on the Hill event will take place in Washington, D.C., April 23-24.