Students will present project findings at exhibition

Students at Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus plan to present the findings of 11 funded projects from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Tuesday during a student research exhibition in the Student Commons at the Columbus Learning Center.

One of the projects will be presented by Autumn Fox, a biology major who lives in Jackson County.

The title of Fox’s project is Self-Sustainable Gardening. The project involves establishing long-term ecology education and student research plots in neglected spaces on the campus.

The pilot plots will be in small dirt patches bounded by curbs in a parking lot, Fox said.

“Currently, the plots are an eyesore and require unnecessary maintenance,” she said. “We will use plants native to Indiana that can withstand the harsh conditions of that microclimate. Once the plots are established, they will provide opportunities to study ecological succession, sustainable gardening practices and various areas of botany, as well as provide opportunities for biological education in public areas. Eventually, we hope to see the project expand to include small gardens of herbs and vegetables to be used in our campus cafĂ©.”

The exhibition is open to the public and will be in the Student Commons at the Columbus Learning Center.

Since the Office of Student Research opened five years ago, IUPUC students have completed/presented 37 research projects during the exhibitions.

Information: Julie Goodspeed-Chadwick, director of the Office of Student Research and associate professor of English, at 812-348-7270 or

Aubrey Woods is editor of The (Seymour) Tribune. He can be reached at or 812-523-7051.