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Undergraduate Research Week

On November 16, 2010 the U.S. House of Representatives declared the week of April 11, 2011 as "Undergraduate Research Week". Since that time, each year CUR has designated a week in April as "Undergraduate Research Week".  This year the week of April 14, 2014 is Undergraduate Research Week.

Undergraduate Research Week 2015 will be celebrated during the week of April 13.  Consider planning your celebration days and other special events during this week, and next year be sure to send your event information to Robin Howard at robin@cur.org for inclusion on the event listing website.  You might also write to your local government, such as Governors, County Executives, Mayors, etc to ask them to name this week Undergraduate Research Week for your jurisdiction.

Campus and Local Events

To submit your event, please send a two or three sentence statement of the event(s), your campus logo, a link to the press release and/or website, and/or a photograph to robin@cur.org.

Aquinas College
Aquinas_colorAt Aquinas College (Grand Rapids, MI), we are holding a poster session for our undergraduate researchers on April 30, 2014. These students' projects, as well as projects of students not able to participate in the poster session, are featured on our website at http://www.aquinas.edu/research/symposium.html
Austin College
AusColl_logo_clrThe Austin College Student Scholarship Conference was held on March 21-22, 2014.  This event showcased over 60 student-faculty collaborative projects and independent student projects undertaken at Austin College, celebrating the outstanding academic endeavors of over 140 students. To celebrate national undergraduate research week, Austin College will be releasing individual student presenter profiles on our website at www.austincollege.edu/acsc.
Bowie State University
BSU-LogoThe 7th Annual Grants Expo and Research Day at Bowie State University recognizes and promotes faculty, staff and student scholarly activities in research and creative production and celebrates collaboration among faculty and students within and across disciplines, and external collaborations as well. The exhibits that are presented will include both internally and externally sponsored projects, undergraduate student research, and graduate student research including theses and dissertation projects.  Faculty and staff that have submitted and received external funding will be recognized. Student presenters will have the opportunity to compete for awards as well. The Expo’s purpose is to communicate the value of research and creative projects, enabling others to appreciate the significance of our researchers’ work to society and to those in other areas of professional interest.   
BSU-PhotoThe Expo includes a luncheon with a keynote speaker.  Our keynote speaker for this year is Dr. Roosevelt Johnson, Acting Associate Administrator for NASA's Office of Education.  The event will also include pertinent workshops for students on finding the best research opportunities and taking full advantage of them, available tools for researchers, sharing with undergraduate students the importance of engaging in and contributing to research and scholarly projects as well as information on funding opportunities and how to successfully secure external funding.  The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs has a website that includes information for the Expo with a focus on how BSU students, faculty and staff can participate including opportunities to present a poster, as an attendee to view the posters by fellow faculty, staff, and students, and to attend workshops and other presentations. The website can be found at: http://www.bowiestate.edu/academics-research/provost-and-vice-president-for/office-of-research-and-sponsor/grants-and-research-day
Elizabethtown College
Scholarship and Creative Arts Day (SCAD), launched in 2007, is an annual two-day conference that celebrates the difference Elizabethtown College students make with their ideas and creativity. Each spring, select students present academic research in their respective disciplines, while others showcase talents through recitals and a juried art exhibit. In 2014 nearly 400 students participated, guided by more than 90 faculty mentors. Musician, author, and philanthropist Peter Buffett delivered this year’s keynote address.
The link to the program website is http://www.etown.edu/programs/scad/.
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
EmbryRiddleThe Office of Undergraduate Research at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (Daytona Beach campus) will host its 2nd Annual Discovery Day on April 9, 2014.  Students from all majors will present their research in poster and oral presentations. This year, over 60 abstracts will be presented.  The keynote address will focus on intellectual property and entrepreneurship.  The ERAU community and public are invited to attend.  More information can be found at http://commons.erau.edu/discovery-day/
Fort Valley State University
FVSULogoFort Valley State University Wildcats will showcase their latest research and scholarship in the areas of STEM, Humanities and Social Sciences at the fourth Annual Research Day held April 15, 2014 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the C.W. Pettigrew Center, located on campus (1005 State University Drive, Fort Valley, Georgia 31030). FVSU's Office of Enhancing Critical Thinking (ECT) and the Office of Undergraduate Research are sponsoring this student-focused event. Initiated by Dr. Ian Toppin, FVSU’s director of faculty development, in 2011, Research Day provides a platform where future researchers showcase poster and oral presentations and produce creative art performances. FVSUPhotoThe Research Day Committee will review student-submitted proposals and provide each researcher with feedback relating to acceptance. For details, contact Dr. Ian Toppin, toppini@fvsu.edu, (478) 822-6991 or Dr. Andrew Lee, associate director of the Office of Undergraduate Research, leea@fvsu.edu, or (478) 822-6708. Learn more about Research Day: http://review.fvsu.edu/content/fvsu-hold-fourth-annual-research-day or  http://www.fvsu.edu/research_day.
Indiana Wesleyan University
Indiana Wesleyan University’s Celebration of Scholarship, hosted by the John Wesley Honors College, showcases the achievements of our undergraduate scholars, graduate students and their faculty mentors. IWUJWHCCelebrationThrough a large and diverse schedule of oral and poster presentations, the campus community is treated to the fruits of student-faculty collaboration in research and inquiry.
Kennessaw State University
Ksu-logoKennesaw State University’s 19th Annual Symposium of Student Scholars and Undergraduate Research Reception, ksu-photoheld on April 17, 2014, honors undergraduate scholars and showcases their work through posters, oral presentations, visual arts displays, and performances. Over 200 students from all of the undergraduate Colleges at KSU are involved in projects this year.
Lamar University

Lamar6lamarphotoThe Office for Undergraduate Research at Lamar University (LU) hosted the 1st Annual Undergraduate Research Expo on April 7 at the LU campus. 42 students from 22 departments presented their research work at the Expo.

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Lebanon Valley College
Lebanon Valley College (Annville, Pennsylvania) will be dedicating March 30 through April 11 to student research and creative work.  This two-week period includes honor society inductions, exhibitions, recitals, and a symposium featuring students’ research and original scholarship. 
North Carolina A&T State University
ncatlogoOn April 11, 2014 the Office of Undergraduate Research held its 2014 Undergraduate Research Symposium.  The symposium included an interactive workshop on Cognitive Confidence; a Poster Session Scavenger Hunt; a Peer Panel Discussion on the benefits of undergraduate research; and Lunch with a 2012 Alumnus presenting on Acing the Undergrad.  This event hailed representatives from the following disciplines: Engineering, Biology, Animal Sciences, Technology, Liberal Arts, Psychology, Energy and Environmental Sciences, and Business.
Northern Arizona University
nau-logoNorthern Arizona University's 7th annual Undergraduate Symposium (www.nau.edu/symposium) - a campus wide celebration of student achievement – will be celebrated as a single event in the J. Lawrence Walkup Skydome, Gardner Auditorium, and the duBois Center on Friday, April 25, 2014, 8:30am – 5:00pm. Students from across all seven colleges come together to share their creative discoveries and present in-depth research and scholarly work to their peers, professors, and the University and Flagstaff communities. The Symposium will also spotlight student participation in Nau-photoservice learning and collaborative projects, an invaluable learning experience that connects communities and applies passion to a purpose. 
This year, more than 525 posters and 170 presentations showcase the diversity of the students' experiences - from creative endeavors like paintings or opera arias, to more traditional research projects.  Students funded through the Hooper Undergraduate Research Award program will also present their posters at a special, by-invitation-only reception in the late afternoon on Thursday, April 24th
Northland College
NorthlandCollege-centerNorthland College’s fourth annual SCORE (Student Capstone or Research Experiences) posNorthlandCollegeWIter session took place on Thursday, April 3rd, this year. The event has grown each year with faculty mentorships and external collaborations representing a variety of disciplines. Student abstracts have been compiled into a publication which is used in recruiting outstanding scholars from around the country.
Southwestern Oklahoma State University
swosulogoThe 21st Annual Southwestern Oklahoma State University (SWOSU) Research and Scholarly Activity Fair will take place on Tuesday, April 15, 2014, from Noon to 3:00 p.m. in SWOSU’s Memorial Student Center on the second floor. This fair showcases the research and scholarly activities of undergraduate students who have made an inquiry or investigation that makes an original intellectual or creative contribution to their discipline. Last year, there were 58 poster presentations from over 100 students and faculty members representing the disciplines of Biology, Psychology, Chemistry, Physics, Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Education, Computer Science, Art, Music, and Athletic Training.
Stetson University
StetsonOn April 15 over 160 undergraduates will present posters, papers, art exhibits, original music, software, film, junior music recitals, and freshman research in ten concurrent venues across the Stetson University Campus in DeLand Florida.  For the first time this year, Brown Bag Lunches on applying for, financing and surviving graduate school will also be offered on Showcase, and  Stetson University College of Law students will be presenting as well.   The keynote speaker, Dr. Gregory Young, is well known to the CUR organization for his work in undergraduate music research.  The link to Showcase and the 2014 program can be found at http://www.stetson.edu/other/research/showcase.php.  The press release can be found at https://secure.stetson.edu/apps/announce/2014/04/10/undergraduate-research-at-showcase-tuesday/.
University of Nebraska Lincoln
UNLThe University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Office of Research and Economic Development will host the 2014 annual undergraduate research fair on April 16, 2014.  Over 400 undergraduate students from all eight academic colleges will present their research in a poster session.  All UNL community members are welcome to attend.  More information can be found at http://research.unl.edu/springresearchfair/spring-2014-research-fair/undergrad/  For information on UNL undergraduate research opportunities, see http://www.unl.edu/ucare/
University of New England
unelogoThe University of New England will hold it's 15th annual Undergraduate Research Symposium on May 2, 2014. This event will showcase over 70 posters and and 40 oral presentations from over 200 undergraduate students in the College of Arts and Sciences and Westbrook College of Health Professions. This event highlights UNE's commitment to strong student-faculty collaborations in the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities.
You can find the website for the event here: http://www.une.edu/cas/research/summer.cfm  and some profiles of recent scholarship active students here: http://www.une.edu/cas/research/projects/index.cfm.
University of Texas of the Permian Basin
Utpb-photoutpblogoThe University of Texas of the Permian Basin is having our day on April 25th. There will be posters and presentations.

Virginia Commonwealth University
VCUVCU hosts a series of events that bring together undergraduates, graduate students and faculty from across disciplines to celebrate research and creative scholarly projects. Events will take place April 10th-25th. A schedule of events and locations can be found at the website below.
Projects span many academic disciplines, including work from Community Engagement, the College of Humanities and Sciences and the schools of Allied Health Professions, Arts, Business, Education, Engineering, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Social Work and Interdisciplinary Studies. Students will be available to demonstrate and discuss their projects in a variety of presentations. 
Winston Salem State University
wssulogoOur 2014 Scholarship Day saw 120 students present their research in a conference style poster session.  wssuphotoAdditionally, each department set up activities for their students.  New this year was that the poster session took place in the new Donald J Reaves Student Activities Center.