November 5, 2015

Run for Research Hits Record Attendance in Tenth Year


Montevallo, Ala. – The tenth annual UM Run for Research was held on Thursday, October 29 at the Student Activity Center. All proceeds from the event benefit the undergraduate research efforts at the University of Montevallo.


Despite rain and cloudy conditions, the event attracted a record 70 participants who took part in either a 1-mile or 5k run.


Dr. Brett Noerager, Run for Research event organizer, hopes that this year’s turnout will help set a precedent for attendance in years to come.


“The run is essentially held to raise awareness for the Undergraduate Research Program”, Noerager said. “Our hope is that the event will broaden both the student and faculty experience at UM by letting students know there are research opportunities in every school and department on campus.”


Each race was divided into male and female categories, and each winner received a traditional medal to reward their performance. In addition, every participant received a commemorative 10-year medal to honor the tenth anniversary of the run.


The winners of the 1-mile run were Keira Morris in the women’s division, and John Tidwell of the men’s division.


The first female to cross the finish line in the 5k race was Dr. Karli Morris. Dr. Ruth Truss and Jessica Joyce were right behind Morris, coming in second and third place respectively.


In the men’s 5k division, AJ Jackson picked up a first place finish. Dr. Joseph Sargent placed second, and Deren Caliskan finished in third place.


Other outstanding awards were given to the Human Resources, Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics departments for the best participation. Alpha Tau Omega fraternity received an award for greatest student participation.


Noerager also added that the Undergraduate Research experience at the University of Montevallo adds a feature that many other schools cannot offer.


“The teacher-student ratio at Montevallo offers opportunities for students to not just connect with a teacher to begin a research opportunity, but really build a relationship to get to know each other and customize the project to the student’s area of study and personal interests. You just might not find that at larger universities,” Noerager said.


By providing such research opportunities at the undergraduate level, the program hopes to ensure UM graduates excel in their future paths, whether it be finding a career or pursuing graduate studies.


For more information on the Run for Research you can contact Dr. Noerager at More information regarding the Undergraduate Research Program can be found by contacting Dr. Cynthia Tidwell, Coordinator of Undergraduate Research, at