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Undergraduate Research Week Events

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 13, 2015 is Undergraduate Research Week.

Undergraduate Research Week 2016 will be celebrated during the week of April 11.  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

Bay Path University

Binghamton University

Blinn College

California State University - Monterey Bay

California State University - Stanislaus

Capital University

CCURI Colloquium

Central Connecticut State University

Colby-Sawyer College

College of Charleston

Eastern Connecticut State University

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Furman University

George Mason University

Georgia State University

High Point University

Hiram College

Hope College

IPSL

John Carroll University

Kean University

Kentucky Wesleyan College

Lebanon Valley College

Lewis University

Meredith College

Middlebury College

Minnesota Sate University

Monmouth University

Northern Arizona University

Northern Michigan University

Oklahoma State University

Pace University

Point Loma Nazarene University

Providence College

Queensborough Community College (CUNY)

Rochester Institute of Technology/National Institute of the Deaf

Sacred Heart University

Shenandoah University

Siena College

Simpson College

Southwestern Oklahoma State University

St. Edward's University

St. John Fisher College

St. Joseph's College

St. Mary's College of Maryland

Stephen F. Austin State University

Stetson University

Stevenson University

University at Buffalo

University of Detroit

University of Illinois

University of Illinois Springfield

University of Nebraska - Kearney

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

University of New Hampshire

University of Portland

University of Richmond

University of Tennessee - Knoxville

University of Texas - Austin

University of Southern Mississippi

University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire

Virginia Union University

Villanova University

Winona State University

Winston Salem State University

 
 
 
Aquinas_colorAt Aquinas College (Grand Rapids, MI), we are holding a poster session for our undergraduate researchers on April 27, 2016. These students' projects, as well as projects of students not able to participate in the poster session, are featured on our website.
 
 

Bay Path University

Bay_PathThe Fifth Annual Academic Achievement Day was held at Bay Path University on April 6, 2016 to celebrate our students’ accomplishments in a day long symposium.  This year over 250 students from nearly every department in the University shared their research, talents, and experiences in over 55 presentations on topics in social science, humanities, natural science and the arts.  In the evening we recognized a select number of students for their academic achievements. This year’s Division of Research and Academic Resources Dean’s Award was given to a student who completed exemplary research in neuroscience.  Her project, “Novel actions of progesterone in the developing brain: distribution of progesterone receptor membrane component 1 (PGRMC1) immunoreactivity in the postnatal rat forebrain,” was also presented at the 2015 Society for Neuroscience Conference held in Chicago, IL.

 
 

BinghamtonBinghamton University will celebrate research with a series of events on April 12, 13, 14 and 15, 2016. Faculty members, academic departments and programs and student groups are invited to plan events related to research. The schedule will include open labs, seminars, poster sessions, tours, speakers and more. Faculty members are encouraged to take several minutes during class on one of those days to introduce themselves as scholars. This year, organizers have chosen to focus on “Making Friends With Failure” as a theme.

Binghamton1Materials scientist Ainissa Ramirez, a science evangelist, will be our keynote speaker at 7 p.m. April 12 in the UU-Mandela Room. She’s the co-author of Newton’s Football: The Science Behind America’s Game (Random House) and author of Save Our Science: How to Inspire a New Generation of Scientists (TED Books). Her talk, titled “Making Friends With Failure,” will highlight the role of failure in the process of discovery.

Binghamton Research Days Poster Presentations will take place at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Friday, April 15, in the University Union-Mandela Room. The event is a chance for undergraduate and graduate students from all academic disciplines to showcase their research.

 

Blinn College

BlinnBlinn College, a Texas community college, is hosting its first annual Research and Innovation Conference on Tuesday, April 12, 2016. Student researchers will present poster sessions on their research initiatives over the past year. Researchers and innovators represent a variety of departments within the natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, and visual arts divisions.

 

 

 

 

California State University - Monterey Bay

CA_ST_Un_MontereyIn 2016, the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Center (UROC) at California State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB) held several events in celebration of Undergraduate Research Week.  Events included the Colleges of Science, Business, Health and Human Services, and Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences hosting “open labs” for CSUMB students to explore the research conducted across campus. UROC also hosted two workshops focused on collaborating effectively across disciplines aimed at both faculty and students. The celebration culminated with the “CSUMB Undergraduate Research, Scholarship & Creative Activity Spring Showcase.”  The Spring Showcase is a forum for undergraduates to share their research, scholarship and creative work(s) within CSUMB and surrounding community. The 2016 theme was “Celebrating Inquiry,” which highlighted the core questions researchers ask at the beginning, middle, and end stages of the research process that frame and support the creation of new knowledge.

 

California State University - Stanislaus

StanislausWe cordially invite the Stanislaus County community, of all ages, to come see the College of Science Student Poster Celebration 2016.  This event is our students’ opportunity to show the community their own research and classroom projects.  Students make posters to summarize their research work and stand by their posters to answer questions.  Community members can wander around, asking questions and learning about what different students are doing.  

 

Capital University

CaptialCaptial1Capital University will celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Symposium on Undergraduate Scholarship on April 20, 2016, which highlights undergraduate students’ original research projects and showcases their scholarship activities. In honor of this 20th anniversary, the 2016 event will begin with a keynote panel on April 19, 2016 consisting of three Capital alumni, Dr. Kathryn Bell, Dr. Brian Murphy, and Ph.D. candidate Rachel Yoho, whose professional lives are centered on research in diverse fields.

 

CCURI Colloquium

CCURI_ColloquiumThe event is taking place on April 11th at Volunteer State Community College in Nashville, TN. Over 80 community college students will be giving oral and poster presentations on research that they have conducted at their respective institutions.

 

Central Connecticut State University

logoEvery spring, Central CT State University honors undergraduate research by hosting a one day, University Research and Creative Achievement Day (URCAD).  This year, the event is scheduled for Friday, May 6 and will feature as key note speakers our four senior prize winners who just returned from NCUR in Asheville.  This year's showcase will feature over fifty undergraduate presentations representing the liberal arts, social sciences, professional schools, and STEM.

 

 

 

Colby-Sawyer College

Colby_SawyerColby-Sawyer College, a comprehensive college that integrates the liberal arts and sciences with professional preparation, will host its 13th Annual Susan Colby Colgate Scholars' Symposium on April 19 at various locations across campus. The college established this symposium to honor the depth and breadth of learning achieved at Colby-Sawyer, featuring the interdisciplinary Capstone projects of the senior class as well as presentations by undergraduate students. Exceptional projects will be acknowledged with Capstone awards at the Scholars and Leaders Ceremony in May.

With employers putting an increased level of importance on critical thinking, project-based learning, and the ability to innovate (according to the Association of American Colleges & Universities), the Susan Colby Colgate Scholars' Symposium is a demonstration of Colby-Sawyer graduates' readiness to enter the workforce.

ColbyNamed after the college's first teacher and principal, Susan Colby Colgate, the symposium gives students, faculty and staff the opportunity to share the students' independently conceptualized, designed and executed Capstone research projects. These projects reflect the students' areas of interest and demonstrate the many ways Colby-Sawyer graduates will bring advancement, innovation and knowledge to the world upon graduation.

“The Susan Colby Colgate Scholars' Symposium is among our proudest traditions here at Colby-Sawyer,” states President Thomas C. Galligan Jr. “Not only does this event give much-deserved recognition to our students, faculty and staff, but it also highlights the ways that Colby-Sawyer students are making the community – within Colby-Sawyer and beyond – a stronger, more informed place to live and learn. And it is a day where we all see the incredible growth of our students as they prepare to complete their careers at Colby-Sawyer.”

 

College of Charleston

CharlestonCharleston2On April 14th the School of Sciences & Mathematics at the College of Charleston held its 28th Annual Undergraduate Research Poster Session.  Totaling 126 posters, research projects in astronomy, biology, biochemistry, biomedical science, chemistry, computer science, data science, ecology, geology, marine biology, mathematics, and physics were presented. 

 

 

Eastern Connecticut State University

Eastern_Connecticut_State_University.svgOn April 15th Eastern Connecticut State University will be holding its second CREATE (Celebrating Research and Artistic Talent at Eastern) Research Conference. This annual event will showcase student research and creative activity undertaken within the School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Education and Professional Studies. Parents, friends, alumni, corporate representatives, as well as faculty and staff from graduate and professional schools attend this event. This event will feature poster and oral presentations as as exhibitions and performances across most disciplines. We will also be presenting 2 Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Mentor Awards to faculty members who have been nominated by students. 

 

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

220px-Embry-Riddle_Aeronautical_University_SealEmbry1Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach is hosting the fourth annual Discovery Day on April 13, 2016. Discovery Day highlights all the undergraduate research occurring on ERAU’s Daytona Beach campus throughout the year.   Students from across campus will present on a variety of topics covering Asteroid Regolith Simulant Design to an Experimental Verification of Computational Models Demonstrating Hip Reductions via Pavlik Harness in Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip.  Furthermore, students with the best posters will be recognized for their contribution to the campus community.

Embry_RIddle3On 8 April 2016, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Prescott celebrated undergraduate research and scholarship at our fourth annual Discovery Day.  All four colleges were represented with oral presentations, poster presentations, and demonstrations.  Highlights included a presentation by Kiranjyot Gill on her work associated with the LIGO Gravitational Waves project, an analysis of CBRN attacks in the U.S. by Cameron McCauley and Cat McClure, and a demonstration of Eagle Robotics Fire-Fighting Robot lead by Kevin Horn and David Gomez-Herrera.  

 

Furman University

FurmanFurman University held its 8th annual campus-wide Furman Engaged! on Tuesday, April 12th. In lieu of classes, students are encouraged to present and attend this day-long celebration of undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative endeavors. Overall, nearly 550 students (20% of our student body) demonstrated distinguished achievement in their respective disciplines across campus: presenting in over 50 department-led oral sessions and over 200 posters on display

 

George Mason University

GeorgeMasonWe’ll be celebrating undergraduate research through multiple events the next few weeks, culminating with our Mason Celebration of Student Scholarship.

 

Georgia State University

Georgia_StateGeorgia State University’s Honors College is proud to participate in International Research week by hosting the 10th annual Undergraduate Research Conference on April 13, 2016. GSURC, the Georgia State Undergraduate Research Conference (GSURC), is an interdisciplinary undergraduate research conference which highlights and recognizes the research taking place across Georgia State’s campus. Each year we invite Georgia State undergraduate students to submit their scholarly and creative projects such as posters, oral presentations and artistic or creative presentations. Following a formal review process, students are then invited to present their research or creative designs to faculty, students and other interested parties. The presenters are evaluated by faculty judges and receive feedback to improve their presentation skills and develop personal growth. Georgia State University and the Honors College are committed to Undergraduate Research with this year’s 10th annual conference is an example of one of the many opportunities Georgia State provides to every student who is interested in showcasing their work.

 

High Point University

High_Point_University_logoHigh Point University is having its yearly symposium on April 13. We have over 130 from nearly 20 different disciplines students presenting oral presentations, posters, art and performances. It is part of a day long showcase of academic events.

 

 

 

Hiram College

Sugar Day, once an annual rite of passage for Hiram students dating back to 1856, then forgotten for 40 years, returned on March 31, 2016; uniting a campus in a celebration of community, service, and academics.

The academic portion of the event included senior capstone presentations, highlighting the incredible academic work and research many of our graduation students engaged in this year.

Hope College

hopeHope College is hosting our 15th Annual Celebration of Undergraduate Research and Creative Performance on Friday April 15th from 2:30 - 5:30pm. 408 students will be presenting 284 projects from departments and disciplines all over campus. The event has gotten so large that we host it in our campus's largest building, our field house and serve free drinks and snacks to participants and visitors. This year's Celebration coincides with the 150th Anniversary of Hope's founding and will feature a project from Hope's extensive archives about the research papers written by each of the 8 students in Hope's first graduating class. 

 

IPSL

ipsl.cmsv_mastheadISPL2IPSL Advocacy Research day at The College of Mount Saint Vincent in partnership with CMSV's Center for Undergraduate Research. The event will be held during Undergraduate Research Week this April.

 

 

John Carroll University

John_Carroll"A Celebration of Scholarship" will be held the week of April 11, 2016. This campus-wide event showcases the scholarship, creative activity, and intellectual achievement of the John Carroll community with a particular emphasis on undergraduate research. The poster presentations on Monday evening in the Muldoon Atrium of the Dolan Science Center provides the opportunity to discuss with students their scholarly work as do the rich array of panels and presentations taking place throughout the week. Creative work of students is celebrated at the Arts at Night, featuring spoken word and music performances, and in the Art Exhibit held in Grasselli Library’s Tully Atrium & Gallery. In addition to the posters, panels, paper presentations, and creative works, the Celebration week also offers lectures and special events.  

 

Kean University

KeanKean University Research Days is an annual celebration of student and faculty research. Wednesday, April 27, is student research day. The program begins at 9:00 a.m. and continues until 6:30 p.m. with student oral presentations, poster presentations, creative exhibits and panels scheduled throughout the day. This year, over 300 students will present their research. Also during Research Days, Kean recognizes significant research achievements through the Faculty Research Mentor of the Year and Undergraduate Student Researcher of the Year awards.

 

Kentucky Wesleyan College

Kentucky_Wesleyan_College_logo-1Kentucky Wesleyan College celebrated Undergraduate Research Week with our Scholars Day: A Celebration of Student Achievement on Thursday April 14, 2016. Twenty students presented results of their research in art education, biology, chemistry, criminal justice, music, music education, political science, psychology, and zoology.

 

 

 

 

Lebanon Valley College

lebanonLebanon Valley College will showcase the accomplishments of hundreds of high-achieving students during Inquiry 2016, the College’s celebration of the scholarly, scientific, and creative achievements of the student body. Inquiry 2016 runs April 3-17.

 

 

 

Lewis University

LewisLewis1On April 14, 2016, Lewis University will host the 5th Annual Celebration of Scholarship on its main campus in Romeoville, Illinois. With over 300 participants presenting their research, scholarly, and creative works, the theme for this year’s event is Lasallian Scholarship: Soaring to New Horizons. In addition to featuring undergraduate students presenting in a variety of venues, including posters, concurrent sessions, creative works, and business plan presentations, the day of celebration will begin with a Plenary Session and conclude with a President’s Reception, hosted by Brother James Gaffney, to honor all presenters and participants and present the winners of the Outstanding Undergraduate and Graduate Student Posters.  

 

Meredith College

meredith-college-wordmarkMeredith College held its annual Celebrating Student Achievement Day on April 12, 2016, in honor of Undergraduate Research Week. The full day of events included a research conference, awards ceremonies, dance and musical performances, art exhibits, and panel discussions. More than 120 Meredith College students presented their research during the event.

 

Middlebury College

Middlebury_shieldMiddlebury College is hosting its 10th annual Spring Student Symposium on Friday, April 15, 2016. More than 300 undergraduates from all disciplines present their academic and creative works to the college community through oral presentations, poster sessions, performances and displays. You can find out more about the symposium here: http://www.middlebury.edu/newsroom/archive/2016-news/node/507983

 

Minnesota State University

MinnesotaMore than 300 undergraduate students from Minnesota State University, Mankato will be presenting their research and creative activity during April.  This includes 21 students participating in the 5th Annual Minnesota Undergraduate Conference of Scholarly and Creative Activity, 29 students attending NCUR and a total of 263 Minnesota State Mankato undergraduate students will make 153 presentations (57 oral, 96 posters) that include 144 research projects and nine creative projects at the 18th Annual Minnesota State Mankato Undergraduate Research Symposium. Minnesota State Mankato’s annual Undergraduate Research Symposium acquaints undergraduates with the process and rigors of presenting research in a scholarly manner in an academic setting.

 

Monmouth University

Monmouth_University_Logo2016Student Scholarship Week (4/18-4/23) at Monmouth University: Celebrating Academic Creativity is a week long conference that will showcase and celebrate students’ academic work inside and outside of the classroom as well as highlight faculty-student collaboration, across the University. This includes highlighting students’ scholarly contributions in research, writing, service learning, musical and theater productions, art exhibits, etc.

 

Northern Arizona University

Northern_ArizonaNorthern Arizona University's 9th annual Undergraduate Symposium - a campus wide celebration of student achievement – is celebrated as a single event in the J. Lawrence Walkup Skydome and the duBois Center on Friday, April 29, 2016, 9:00am – 4:00pm. 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 service learning, internships, and collaborative class projects, an invaluable learning experience that connects communities and applies passion to a purpose. 

NorthernArizonaThis year, more than 650 posters and 120 presentations showcase the diversity of the students' experiences - from creative endeavors like oil paintings, living history, and culinary (tasting) exhibits to roundtable discussions, in addition 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 evening on Thursday, April 28th.

 

Northern Michigan University

NMUNorthern Michigan University’s 21st annual spring student symposium "A Celebration of Student Research, Creative Works, and Academic Service Learning" was held on Thursday, April 7, 2016. Posters/art/demonstrations were on display and presentations given in Jamrich Hall, NMU’s main campus building.

Submissions to this year's event was spread throughout departments. Abstracts for 93 posters and 30 talks from 14 different academic departments were submitted. Nearly 150 students participated in the event. This year the celebration included a beadwork display submitted by students of the Native American Beadwork Styles class. The Annual Celebration of Student Research, Creative Works, and Academic Service Learning is held each April on NMU’s campus to celebrate student research.

 

Oklahoma State University

OKLAHOMA_StateOklahoma State University’s Henry Bellmon Office of Scholar Development and Undergraduate Research will celebrate Undergraduate Research Week with a multi-disciplinary symposium featuring more than 100 undergraduate presentations.

 

 


Pace University

Pace_University_logoThe Society of Fellows of Dyson College is the premier honors organization in the College. The Fellows foster dialogue and scholarship across the fields of the arts and sciences through enriching experiences for students with exceptional academic and creative abilities.  Participation and membership in the Society of Fellows affords students an opportunity to develop their intellect and display their talents in a variety of settings.

Each fall the Fellows host the Weekend Seminar where students, faculty, and alumni engage in discussions on a chosen topic in a casual setting, off-campus setting, usually in upstate New York. At the Society of Fellows Annual Meeting, which is a one-day student conference held in early spring, students showcase their faculty-mentored scholarly research and artistic projects.  The official journal of the Society, Transactions, publishes outstanding work written by Pace University students under the sponsorship of faculty members, many of whom are Fellows. New members are recognized at the Initiation Ceremony held at the end of the spring semester.  Membership in the Society of Fellows gives recognition to an advanced level of student participation and achievement.  Faculty who participate in Society of Fellows events and sponsor students also receive recognition as Fellows.

More information about the Society of Fellows is available on the Pace University website. http://www.pace.edu/dyson/centers/society-of-fellows

 

Point Loma Nazarene University

PointLomaPicture1The 41st Annual West Coast Biological Sciences Undergraduate Research Conference took place on Saturday, April 9th, at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, CA.   Over 400 faculty and students representing 61 institutions in 13 states participated, with a total of 120 poster and 72 seminar presentations taking place throughout the day.  The culminating event of the Conference was the keynote address given by Salk Institute Professor, Dr. Ron Evans, entitled "Nuclear Receptors: Beating the Obesity and Diabetes Epidemic".   In April of 2017, the WCBSUR Conference will return to Santa Clara University, the institution where it was first established, back in 1976.  

 

Providence College

Providence_College_logoProvidence College will hold its Seventh Annual Celebration of Student Scholarship and Creativity on Wednesday, April 20, 2016. Over 200 students from across the disciplines will participate in the event, which showcases independent student work of many kinds, from laboratory and field research to service learning projects and film screenings. 

 

Queensborough Community College (CUNY)

Queensborough1qccQueensborough Community College (CUNY) institutionalized undergraduate research as a high-impact educational practice (“UR as HIP”) in Spring 2014. Since then, the college has been able to increase and diversify the opportunities for students to engage in meaningful research at the college. Adding to the well-established dedicated research experiences (apprenticeship model) offered on campus, many students today are being exposed to research as part of their coursework thanks to the many faculty members who have embraced “UR as HIP” and who have since started to embed research into regular courses. Queensborough celebrated National UR Week with two events: (i) on April 13, a very diverse panel of UR students reflected on their experiences doing research and sent an encouraging message to peers so that they, too, would seek opportunities to participate in research early on; (ii) on April 15, faculty members from different disciplines in STEM, Social Sciences and the Humanities held an UR Faculty Expo where they they spoke to the larger college community about their work embedding research into the curriculum. 

This was Queensborough’s first year celebrating National UR Week. The above photograph was taken at the UR Student Panel event of April 13.

 

Rochester Institute of Technology/National Institute for the Deaf

ritRITNIDOn April 15, 2016, the National Technical Institute for the Deaf is hosting its first Student Research Fair for NTID-supported students at Rochester Institute of Technology.  Most of the poster presentations will be delivered by Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing students.  Some of the research that will be presented has been supported by grants and contracts, while other initiatives arise from course related activities and student capstone projects.  In preparation for the Research Fair, students attended faculty-led workshops on writing an abstract, preparing a poster, and presenting a poster to a public audience. 

 

Sacred Heart University

Sacred_HeartSacred Heart University will be holding a day-long event on April 22, 2016 to celebrate the academic accomplishments of our students.  The Festival builds on and expands previous successful academic events.  There will be more than 60 poster presentations and 40 talks from the students representing all Colleges.  Over 150 students will be participating.  Student contributions include research projects with SHU faculty or external mentors, significant class projects or papers, work presented at professional conferences, service learning projects, and honors senior capstone projects.

The projects provide students with diverse and enriching educational experiences. Regardless of the discipline, the student is required to be able to draw upon his/her foundation of knowledge gained throughout the undergraduate or graduate years, and to apply it in the context of investigating or analyzing a new problem or phenomena, or finding creative expression through literature, poetry, or other art forms. Students learn critical thinking skills in devising a research plan or a route of inquiry or expression, discipline in executing their plan or inquiry, and care in analyzing the results. Sifting through results and multiple methods of expression, students search for coherent meaning or solutions to the problem of interest and thereby appreciate the fact that success in academia requires sustained effort over long periods of time. For most of the students, it is the experience of the work itself and not the particular results of their project that will enrich their professional lives.

 

Shenandoah University

ShenandoahThe 3rd Annual SUpr Summit SU Project and Research Symposium. SU’s main event for students presenting research and creative endeavors will be held on April 20th.

The Student Project and Research Symposium invites students from all schools and disciplines create posters, live performances, and video displays showing how they are using the knowledge gained at Shenandoah University to do projects and research in their fields, practice their art, contribute to the community, and leave a positive imprint on the world.

 

Siena College

SienaSiena College will celebrate several events honoring our undergraduate research scholars. The Siena College Academic Celebration (April 26, 2016) will showcase all undergraduate research across all majors for the community. The Ted Winnowski Student Conference in Business is scheduled for April 15, 2016. The Undergraduate Symposium in Modern Languages and Classics is scheduled for April 8, 2016. And, the Sociology Undergraduate Research Symposium is being held on April 9, 2016.

 

Simpson College

SimpsonCollegeLogo1SimpsonCollegeUndergraduateResearchOn April 21, 2016, Simpson College will host its annual undergraduate symposium. The symposium serves to showcase outstanding scholarly works produced by Simpson College students through the presentation of papers, performances, posters and/or panel discussions.

At Simpson College, research, scholarship and creative work provides an opportunity for individual students or small groups of students to explore an issue of interest to them in a manner consistent with the discipline and to communicate their results to others. Projects may involve inquiry, design, creation, investigation, research, analysis, discovery, application, writing and/or performance.

 

Southwestern Oklahoma State University

SWOSU_SignatureThe 23rd Annual Southwestern Oklahoma State University (SWOSU) Research and Scholarly Activity Fair will take place on Tuesday, April 19, 2016, 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, 103 presentations were made by 200 students and faculty members representing the disciplines of Allied Health, Art, Athletic Training, Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Computer Science, Education, Engineering Technology, Entrepreneurship, Kinesiology, Language and Literature, Mathematics, Music, Nursing, Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Physics, Political Science, and Psychology. 

 

St. Edward's University

StEdwardsSt. Edward’s University is an independent Catholic university that serves a diverse student body.  Our programs strengthen student competencies in their chosen discipline while helping them understand and appreciate the contributions of other disciplines.  The SEU Symposium on Undergraduate Research and Creative Expression (SOURCE) brings the entire campus community together to share and celebrate the accomplishments of our students.  SOURCE is a one-day conference featuring student presentations spanning fields from Biology to Theater Arts and Psychology to English Writing.  Students present in a number of formats including oral presentation, roundtable discussion, lightning talks and poster session.  The event concludes with the Harald Becker High Tea which allows participants to continue to share their research in a less formal way.

StEdsURweek16aIn addition, the Department of Mathematics at St. Edward's University in Austin, TX, celebrated Undergraduate Research Week with an event in which our second-semester research students gave talks about the research they have conducted so far in our four-semester sequence of research with one of our faculty. This sequence is required for all mathematics majors including those seeking secondary education certification. The audience included mathematics faculty, our fourth-semester research students, and students who will begin our four-semester research sequence this fall. The event also gave this latter group of students an opportunity to meet current mathematics research students and faculty and to see firsthand the kind of research they'll be conducting next year with our faculty.

 

St. John Fischer College

St_JohnsSt. John Fisher College will celebrate student research at every level through the entire month of April. Dr. Kristin Picardo, who is leading the effort to organize the month-long recognition of scholarship, said that the research and experiential learning opportunities Fisher students engage in provide opportunities for them to explore novel questions, perspectives, and approaches while learning discipline-specific research skills.

The month-long celebration kicked off on Friday, April 1, when the TriBeta Biological Honor Society inducted its newest members. Throughout the month, ceremonies, showcases, speakers, and symposiums will feature undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral student research across all disciplines.

“The growing support for collaborative research and scholarship between the Fisher faculty and our students, at all levels and across all disciplines, results in the development of articulate, confident life-long learners,” said Picardo. “The events listed highlight opportunities for the campus to recognize or connect with our student-scholars and to celebrate their scholarship.”

 

St. Joseph's College

St_JospehsSt. Joseph's College will host its annual UG Student Symposium Day on April 23, 2016. Submission deadline is Monday, April 11th.  The Symposium offers students from all disciplines the opportunity to share their scholarly and creative accomplishments. The Symposium offers a forum for undergraduates, presenters and non-presenters alike, to meet with peer researchers and faculty to exchange ideas within and across disciplines. In addition, to student papers, posters and art exhibits, activities will include a guest speaker.

 

St. Mary's College of Maryland

St_MarysSpring is SMP season at St. Mary’s College of Maryland! Many St. Mary’s College students mark the culmination of their education with the completion of a St. Mary’s Project (SMP), an independent research or creative expression project sponsored by a faculty mentor. The SMP allows for in-depth study that matches students’ educatSt_Marys_1ional goals, and can build off internship, study abroad, experimental or other research experiences. The completed projects are a reflection of the students’ personal commitment to academic rigor and their education.  The projects are presented publicly to parents and families, and to faculty and students of all academic disciplines. The SMP is one of several high impact practices (HIPs) offered at St. Mary’s College. The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) recommends that students participate in at least two HIPs during college, and in 2015 found that 85% of graduating seniors at Carnegie Baccalaureate colleges had participated in at least two HIPs. Compare this to 99% of 2013-2015 graduates at St. Mary’s College! #URW2016 

 

Stephen F. Austin State University

SFAStephen_Austin1On March 31, 2016, SFA will hold its eighth Undergraduate Research Conference. The conference represents the best research from across the six colleges and regional colleges. Each college is responsible for selecting its own outstanding undergraduate researchers from the previous calendar year because research is different between and within colleges. The best student (or group) research project of each college is awarded the “Top Scholar” title and $250.00. Additionally, each Top Scholar presents her/his/their work in an oral presentation or performance at the Undergraduate Research Conference. Each college also selects up to seven additional outstanding student research projects from the past calendar year, which are designated as “Finalists.” All Finalists make a research poster to be presented at the conference.  Additionally, a special category (Best Freshman Paper) highlights high quality work by freshman-level students.  This year’s conference includes 50 different research projects representing 100 outstanding young scholars.

 

Stetson University

Stetson_University_logoStetson Showcase, April 12,  has grown from its humble beginnings of 27 papers and 12 posters in 1998 to 230 presentations in posters, papers, art portfolios, digital arts projects, junior music recitals, one-act performances, fictional readings, freshman/sophomore honors papers, law briefs and business strategies.  The day will conclude with our keynote speaker, Dr. Jen Blackmer, Professor of Theatre at Ball State University. 

 

Stevenson University

StevensonAt Stevenson University we are having a day of math and science demonstrations and events run mostly by our undergraduate science majors on Thursday, April 14 called the School of the Sciences Spring Spectacular 2016. Some of the demonstrations include making ice cream using liquid nitrogen,  firing ping-pong balls out of a vacuum cannon, looking at the sun through a telescope with a solar lens, and burning thermite for an amazing light show creating molten iron which will then melt through a washing machine. There will also be several smaller interactive demonstrations and games.

 

Texas Women's University

Texas_Womans_University_logoThe 19th Annual Student Creative Arts and Research Symposium will be held on Tuesday, April 12, and Wednesday, April 13 at Texas Woman’s University on the Denton Campus. The Student Symposium highlights research and scholarly activities of undergraduate and graduate students across many departments and colleges. In addition to the platform and poster presentations by TWU students, the student symposium will feature special sessions showcasing student research, the Chancellor's Student Research Scholars, the scholarship of the graduate council awardees, and an external keynote speaker.

TX_WomenMore than 270 student projects will be presented over a two-day period at this year’s Symposium from more than 20 different disciplines and 8 external institutions. Last year, a comparable number of presentations were made by student researchers at TWU using one of three different platforms: poster, platform, and virtual. In addition, fifteen of these scholars will be honored for outstanding achievement in creative arts and research activities at the Chancellor’s luncheon and will receive a monetary award. The attached picture shows the Chancellor’s Student Research Scholars from the 2015 Student Symposium. The keynote address “Balancing Interests: The Art and Science of Collaborative Research and Innovation” will be presented by Dr. June Marshall, a nurse scientist for the Texas Health Resources, who has served in a variety of roles across diverse practice settings.

 

University at Buffalo

SUNY-Buffalo-LogoHere at The University at Buffalo we have “Research Days”  leading up to our capstone event our 12th Annual Celebration of Undergraduate Research 

 

 

 

University of Detroit

DetroitUDM's College of Engineering & Science will host the 26th annual Technology Discovery Day on Friday, April 15. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at the Student Fitness Center and throughout UDM’s McNichols Campus.

“Tech Day” is an event that aims to introduce high school students and teachers in the metropolitan Detroit area to a variety of displays and activities from the College and local companies involving engineering and science. This will include nursing simulation labs, creative competitions, campus tours, a chemistry magic show, a drunk driving simulation and much more.

University of Illinois

Thursday, May 5, 2016, marks the third annual University of Illinois Undergraduate Research Day.  Ten students from each of the three main campuses of UI will present the results of their undergraduate research and/or creative activities at the state capitol building in Springfield.   

This is a joint university program:  Faculty and staff from the University of Illinois Chicago, the University of Illinois Springfield, and the University of Illinois Urbana/Champaign, all three institutional members of CUR, cooperate to organize the event.  Each year our students demonstrate the excellent learning that they obtain from an engagement experience at a public institution, despite the difficult state budget situation. As in the past, individual students’ legislators will notified that one of their constituents will be presenting.  Students will also get a guided tour by a UI alum working at the state capitol.

University of Illinois - Springfield

U_Illinois_SpringfieldThe University of Illinois Springfield celebrates Undergraduate Research Week each year with our campus-wide Student Technology, Arts & Research Symposium (STARS).  This two-day event provides an excellent opportunity for students (graduate and undergraduate, online and on-ground) to present their research and/or showcase their creative works. This is also an opportunity to highlight to the community the quality and variety of work being done by students at UIS. This year’s keynote speaker will be Danielle Evans, winner of the 2011 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize and a National Book Foundation “5 Under 35″ honoree. To find out more information about participating in the event, please visit the STARS website at: http://go.uis.edu/STARS.

 

 

University of Nebraska - Kearney

University_of_Nebraska_at_Kearney_logoUNK will present our 18th Annual Student Research Day on April 13.  We have 100 posters, 28 oral presentations, and one music and one dance performance scheduled. 

KearneyThis event is our major annual celebration of student scholarly activity, although we have another event in the Fall each year.  At Student Research Day, cash prizes are given to the best posters in five academic categories, as well as a $750 prize to the best scholarly paper presented in the oral sessions (thanks to a generous donation from the Wagner family).  An academic scholarship is awarded to a student researcher, and faculty members are recognized for their mentoring of student researchers.  At a luncheon during Student Research Day, we bring back a former student researcher who has gone on to great things to deliver a talk about how undergraduate research affected their education and career. This year’s speaker is Dr. Michael Gruszczynski, assistant professor of political science at Austin Peay State University.

Many of our students also present at NCUR, American Chemical Society, American Society of Plant Biologists, Rocky Mountain Psychological Association, the International Association for Relationship Research, the Midwest Political Science Association, the Midwest Instructional Computing Symposium, and more.  We are also thrilled to have a student presenting at Posters on the Hill this year.

 

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Nebraska_LincolnThe University of Nebraska-Lincoln Spring Research Fair is April 12-13 in the Nebraska Union and showcases undergraduate and graduate student research and creative accomplishments.  The Undergraduate Student Research and Creative Activities Poster Session is 3:30 to 5 p.m. April 13 in the Nebraska Union, Centennial Room and Ballroom. The event features more than 200 undergraduate students sharing research and creative activity through print posters, electronic posters and multimedia presentations.

 

University of New Hampshire

TEmbry_Riddlehe annual Undergraduate Research Conference (URC) at the University of New Hampshire is hailed as the institution’s premier celebration of undergraduate academic excellence. The URC highlights the outstanding research, scholarship, and creativity of UNH undergraduates and their faculty mentors. Held over a two-week period each April, the URC will celebrate its 17th anniversary in 2016. This year, over 1,800 students (mentored by 325+ faculty members) will participate in more than 20 events that take place campus-wide. The UNH URC holds the distinction of being one of the most diverse and largest, if not the largest, single-institution undergraduate research conferences in the country. Over fifty percent of the University’s full-time faculty serve as mentors to students representing over 90 disciplines – ranging from history and biomedical sciences to studio art and physics, and from kinesiology and sociology to electrical engineering and marketing. Students share the results of their discovery experiences and original work in a variety of formats, including formal oral presentations, interactive poster presentations and demonstrations, creative performances, and gallery talks. Audiences for URC events include fellow undergraduate students, graduate students, parents and other family members, staff, faculty, deans, the provost and vice-provosts, UNH’s president, Town of Durham guests, as well as industry, community, and business partners and guests.

 

University of Portland

University_Portland_logoFounders' Day is when the University of Portland pauses to celebrate its rich past and its promising future: the past as we honor the bold leaders who dared to dream of a Catholic university overlooking the Willamette River; the future as we learn from our most outstanding students whose research as undergraduates portends great things for the future.  In recognition of the importance of both the past and the future, the University holds no classes on April 12 and instead opens its doors to all to learn from our best and brightest students.

PortlandStudents from all disciplines present their research in four sessions that span the entire academic day. Some students present posters based on their research, while others make oral presentations.  Some of the presentations are based on senior theses, but others grow out of collaborative work with a faculty member.  Whatever the nature of the research, the traditional classroom is overturned and students become the educators throughout the day.

 

 

University of Richmond

RichmondRichmond1Through The Richmond Guarantee, the University of Richmond offers stipends to students so that they can complete summer research projects of their own design. Each student who undertakes a project presents their work at our annual Student Symposium, which is now in its 31st year. At this year’s Symposium, held on April 15, we had 247 presentations featuring 364 students.

 

University of Tennessee - Knoxville

university-of-tennessee-at-knoxvilleApril 11-15 is Research Week at the University of Tennessee Knoxville and around the country! Visit with undergraduates as they present their research at EURēCA, join the research scavenger hunt, or drop in on any of the seminars and activities this week that highlight the research and creative achievement of students at UT. 

 

University of Texas - Austin

ut-logo-orangeTX_Austin1The University of Texas at Austin celebrates Research Week with more than 30 events. The main campus-wide event is the Longhorn Research Bazaar, an interdisciplinary poster session taking place April 20 and featuring work from 190 students in disciplines ranging from fine arts and design to neuroscience and communication sciences.

 

 

University of Southern Mississippi

University_of_Southern_Mississippi_logoOn March 24 Mississippi held Posters in the Rotunda in which students from all eight state universities showcased their scholarship in the Capitol. The date was also proclaimed Undergraduate Research Day in Mississippi in Concurrent House and Senate Resolution 606.

 

University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire

qccThe University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire is the UW System’s Center of Excellence for Faculty and Undergraduate Student Research Collaboration.  Currently 46% of its 10,500 undergraduate students engage in in-depth scholarly work during their college career through the curriculum and through the more traditional apprenticeship model.  This year 38 students presented at NCUR, 40 will present at our state-wide student research symposium, and 147 have been supported with travel funds to present at professional conferences.  Student research and dissemination activities are funded through the Blugold Commitment Differential Tuition program.

Our campus event, to be held beginning April 25, has grown into a week-long Celebration of Research and Creative Activity (CERCA).  In addition to the 24th annual Student Research Days on Wednesday and Thursday, which includes posters, orals, art displays and performances, we have events such as the WiSys Quick Pitch elevator speech competition (Monday), the First-year Spotlight, showcasing first-year student scholarship (Tuesday), and the Provost’s Honors Symposium, an afternoon of 48 oral presentations by students nominated for their strong scholarly work (Friday).

 

Virginia Union University

VA_UnionThe Virginia Union University Center for Undergraduate research, established in 2014, will host its inaugural Research and Creative Inquiry Expo on April 12, 2016 from 10am to 1pm.  The symposium is designed to highlight the scholarly endeavors pursued by students throughout the 2015-2016 academic year.  Forty student posters were selected, five of which will give an oral presentation.  Posters and oral presentations will be judged for awards by university alumni.

 

 

Villanova University

VillanovaVillanovaThe third annual Villanova University Spring Research Expo will take place from April 15-22. EXPO16 is a campus-wide celebration of scholarship and undergraduate research across all disciplines and will showcase undergraduate scholarly achievement through a wide variety of events, including oral presentations, poster sessions, workshops, information sessions, and keynote speakers. Each day of the EXPO16 will feature a different College's undergraduate research, including the College of Nursing, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the College of Engineering, and the Villanova School of Business.

 

Winona State University

Winona_State_University_wordmarkThe 5th Annual Minnesota Undergraduate Research Conference will be held in Winona, Minnesota on April 4.

 

 

Winston Salem State University

Winston_SalemWe will have our annual “Scholarship Day” on April 12th.  We will have approximately 150 students present research posters at a campus wide research poster event, and several schools/departments will have some undergraduate students giving talks over the course of the day.