Two summer undergraduate research fellows, Megan Mass (BA ’15) and Sungmin Choi (BA ’15), both students in The School of Hospitality Business and the Broad College of Business, participated in the 2013 Mid-Michigan Symposium for Undergraduate Research Experiences (Mid-SURE) on July 24 at the Breslin Center on the campus of Michigan State University.

Drs. JaeMin Cha (MS ’98) and Seung Hyun Kim, assistant professors in The School, served as the students’ research mentors this summer.  Megan and Sungmin have been involved in hand washing research, focusing on restaurants’ restrooms.  They co-presented their own data collection and each received $1000 to $1200 this summer through Broad College of Business’s Undergraduate Research Initiatives.

Both students are interested in attending graduate school, and had the opportunity to participate in a graduate school fair held concurrently at Breslin.  Seventeen programs from 14 different institutions were represented.

School Director Dr. Ron Cichy (BA ’72, MBA ’77) said, “Research is a primary mission for The School and our faculty are consistently recognized as among the top hospitality research scholars in the world.  Helping undergraduate research fellows collect and analyze data and present their conclusions is an important way to highlight this mission – and it gives students an opportunity to learn to conduct research early in their academic careers.”

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