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Kinesiology undergrads awarded research honors by Sigma Xi

Two Kinesiology B.S. students were awarded honors by Sigma Xi at this year's Undergraduate Symposium held April 18 at Coffman Union. Ashley Hansen, in the clinical movement science emphasis and advised by Alyssa Maples, presented a poster on "Basal and Reactive Cortisol in Offspring of Mothers with Depression." Rebekah Schmidt, also in clinical movement science and advised by Liz Plunkett, presented on "Cortical Activation in the Primary Somatosensory Cortex: Healthy and Diagnosed Focal Hand Dystonia."

Students worked with faculty/research mentors on their research projects and presented posters that described their research, its impact, and value. Over 250 U of M undergraduates participated in this year's symposium.

The University of Minnesota Sigma Xi chapter, established in 1896, is made up of over 300 members who range from undergraduate students beginning their scientific careers to professional scientists living throughout the state. The main objective of the organization is to encourage and reward scientific research in our community.

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