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Alexandra Bell attended Scholars Transforming Through Research (STR) training

bell_washington.jpegUTPB undergraduate student Alexandria Bell visited Washington D.C. earlier this month to join the Scholars Transforming Through Research (STR) training sessions! Bell advocated the importance of undergraduate research to lawmakers.

In D.C. she had the opportunity to meet with over 90 undergraduate researchers from 35 institutions across the country. She also met lawmakers and their staff, including Sen. John Cornyn’s. 

“I received a lot of information on how to rethink research questions, and how to give a deeper insight to the information I am providing,” said Bell

UTPB was one of only three other schools in Texas represented at the national event. 

Bell is majoring in psychology with a minor in communications. In the Spring of 2023 she started developing ideas for a study titled ‘The Attractiveness Halo Effect of Online Dating Profiles among American Young Adults’ during the Theories of Communication course. The Council on Undergraduate Research’s Advocacy Program accepted her class project and invited her to D.C. 

“I would highly encourage other students to get involved in undergraduate research, it can not only develop and further your education but help you network as well,” said Bell

This wonderful opportunity was made possible through the support of the Falcon Research & Educational Opportunities (FREO) award and the Undergraduate Student Research Grant program of UTPB, which support any undergraduate students with an interest in a research project.