Furman Engaged! is a day to celebrate research, community, and creativity. Launched by the Office of Undergraduate Research and Internships in 2009, the annual event brings the Furman community and visitors together for a day of presentations, posters, and performances across campus.

On April 11, nearly 600 undergraduate students shared their experiences in research, creative activity, internships, study away, and service learning in the natural sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities.

Growing up in a city in central Florida, Rachel Martin '16 didn't know much about gardening or composting.

These days though, she's overseeing compost by the ton, ensuring the hip-height piles keep the correct ratios of carbon, nitrogen and water.

With Furman now producing more than 20 small tons of compost in a year, Shi Center for Sustainability Fellows, including Martin, are working to help Furman meet its goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2026.

Several hundred students shared individual research projects or details of their internships during Furman Engaged! Projects ranged from computer science research on microcomputers and artificial intelligence to sociology research on gender and body image.

Through her art, Brigid Morrissey '14 of Floyds Knobs, Ind., shared her story of relationships and breaking down barriers and stereotypes.

Her four portraits of fellow athletes and friends, Brittany, Kelsey, Ja'nice and Holli, are told using digital illustration and materials including record album covers, pages from the Bible and fast food wrappers.

"This project has made me think about judging someone too quickly," Morrissey said of her work in the Thompson Gallery.  "My art… shows how I connect to each of them and what bonds us together."

- by Erikah Haavie, Contributing Writer


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