AFA to host 11th Research Forum

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183600753The U.S. Air Force Academy will partner with UCCS and Colorado College on Saturday to host the 11th annual Colorado Springs Undergraduate Research Forum.

During the one-day research event, college students studying arts, humanities and sciences will present findings from their research over the past year, according to a news release.

“Colorado College student Petra Jans spent the past year studying new cures for African sleeping sickness, a deadly disease caused by a parasite transmitted by the bite of the tsetse fly,” according to the release.

“United States Air Force Academy cadets Carter Adams, Michael Morris, Spencer Rutter and Quinn Van Drew are helping Colorado Springs determine which wildfire detection systems will operate effectively in the region. And Patrick Lobo, Christopher Keranen, Jason Douglas and Stephaney Saari are researching a new system of getting rid of the space junk that costs the government more than $150 million to track daily.”

The event will begin in Fairchild Hall’s Falcon Center at 9 a.m. with a keynote speech from retired Gen. Ervin Rokke, a senior in residence at the Academy’s Center for Character and Leadership Development.

Throughout the day, participants will also be offered the opportunity to tour the Academy’s Cadet Area and Aeronautics Research Center. The event is free and open to the public.

Those interested in learning more or registering for the event can do so at