MARQUETTE - Northern Michigan University education students Danielle Schafer and Olivia Crawford recently presented a research project titled "The Relationship between Visual and Performing Arts and ACT Scores" at the annual National Conference of Undergraduate Research. Their project was selected from 3,500 submissions for the competitive conference, which was held at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.
Schafer is from Crystal Lake, Ill., and Crawford is from Owosso, Mich. Both are recipients of the Presidential Scholars Award and are part of NMU's Freshman Fellows research program.
Their project explored the correlation between high standardized test scores and participation in artistic extracurricular high school activities. It was based on two groups of NMU undergraduates: those who live in honors housing and those in general housing. It focused solely on ACT scores and extracurriculars in secondary education.