CUR’s First Virtual Posters on the Hill Showcases Undergraduate Research to Policymakers, Scholars, and the Public

POTHlogoOn April 21, students from colleges and universities across the nation will participate in the 2020 Posters on the Hill event, sponsored by the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) with support from the American Chemical Society (ACS) and Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers-USA. This year, because of COVID-19 challenges, undergraduate researchers and faculty mentors from institutions such as Butler University, California State University–Fullerton, and University of Chicago will come together online to share their research on topics ranging from archaeological findings providing insight into Sicily’s indigenous peoples and a courageous theologian’s defiance of the Nazis to the relationship of probiotics and the human gut, and a method in chemistry that shows promise for treatment of Alzheimer’s disease (visit the poster abstracts). The poster session will take place on Twitter on April 21, 2020, at 12 pm EDT (use hashtags #POH2020 and #POHGoesVirtual).

Team from Mercer University (GA) poses with the 3D yearbooks created for GA Academy for the Blind students.

CUR, in collaboration with ACS and other organizations, holds the annual Posters on the Hill event to highlight the work of undergraduate researchers from across the country to Members of Congress, congressional staffers, federal government officials, academics, and others, demonstrating the value of federal investment in undergraduate research. The event is highly selective—institutions’ most gifted researchers are judged by a national panel of experts in their fields, and only the best teams are chosen. Past participants have gone on to contribute significantly to the research enterprise, such as Sarah Caudill, a scientist at Nikhef who was part of the team that discovered gravitational waves.

“CUR’s first virtual Posters on the Hill presents many exciting opportunities,” said CUR Executive Officer Lindsay Currie. “Not only will congressional representatives and their staff members be able to learn about innovative research, scholarship, and creative inquiry by exceptional undergraduate researchers but national and international scholars, journalists, and members of the public will be able to interact with these students and their work. Posters on the Hill powerfully demonstrates the benefits of investment in undergraduate research for students, faculty, institutions, and communities around the world.”

A sample of the Posters on the Hill participants:

  • Lauren Bergeron, Albion College (MI). Read about her project that uncovered some surprising aspects of white Union soldiers’ perceptions of white Southerners during the Civil War.
  • Sara Heridia, Trinity University (TX). Read about her project that examined US presidents’ leadership opportunities and constraints, which were affected by their political era.
  • Ethan Naquin, Nicolls State University (LA). Read about his project that analyzed antibiotic-resistant genes in southeastern Louisiana waterways.
  • Grace Ostermiller, Montana Technological University (MT). Read about her project that sought to increase the efficiency of an air compressor/vacuum pump, which has implications for a wide array of industries.
  • Jordan Teng, Mercer University (GA). Read about this collaborative project that created 3D yearbooks for blind high school students.
  • Madison Wojciechowski, Penn State Berks (PA). Read about her project that developed more water-resistant and adaptable arm casts for patients.

For further information about the event, contact Liz Fray Hains, manager of student programs.


Council on Undergraduate Research: The Council on Undergraduate Research supports faculty development for high-quality undergraduate student-faculty collaborative research and scholarship. More than 700 institutions and more than 13,000 individuals belong to CUR. CUR believes that the best way to capture student interest and create enthusiasm for a discipline is through research in close collaboration with faculty members.


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