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First-ever BIG EAST research event highlights Creighton students, faculty

Lukas Partners would like to extend congratulations to our client, Creighton University, for its role in the successful launch of the first-ever BIG EAST Undergraduate Research Poster Symposium on Saturday, March 12, at Madison Square Garden.

Two Creighton students emerged as top performers at the competition – Keely Orndorff (left) finished in first place and Lauren Barbush (right) took third place.


Orndorff and Barbush were among 55 undergraduates who presented research findings before a panel of judges Saturday inside the same arena where the conference played its men’s basketball tournament. The event served as an opportunity for the BIG EAST to celebrate and spotlight its students’ achievements and work.


Creighton faculty also played an integral role in making the symposium happen. Julie Strauss-Soukup, Ph.D., associate vice provost of research and scholarship, developed a proposal for the event and coordinated with other schools in the conference for three years before the symposium made its debut Saturday.


Carol Fassbinder-Orth, Ph.D., professor of biology, is the director of the Center for Undergraduate Research and Scholarship (CURAS), which supports and facilitates efforts to create and expand undergraduate research opportunities at Creighton. She was part of the symposium’s planning committee and served as the event’s judging coordinator.

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