WJU holds symposium for students to present research

The scholarly work of hundreds of current students was on display at WJU. (WTOV)

Classes at Wheeling Jesuit University were cancelled Tuesday as part of a 17-year tradition at the school: Wheeling Jesuit University's Annual Research & Scholarship Symposium.

It's Research Day, when students show off their projects. They vary widely, from how to care for athletic injuries to prescription pill abuse.

The scholarly work of hundreds of current students was on display at the school.

The event is a day for students of all majors to present research and be judged for the work they have done.

Organizers say more students than ever are participating this year. Some students say they have received some valuable feedback from their peers and faculty members at WJU.

Holly Kraus, a chemistry major, says she took on the prescription drug abuse problem. West Virginia has the highest rate of prescription drug overdose deaths in the country.

"Information about Adderral, Percocet, Xanax and Vicodin...what are the symptoms of an overdose and what did students learn from the research and did their perception change," Kraus said.

"You don't have to do this to graduate. It's just great practice to get them ready for their professional lives and the next step," said Dr. Bryan Raudenbush, WJU director of undergraduate research.

Five seniors will compete for the Rev. Frank Haig Science Award. The winner will be announced at commencement on May 7.

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