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Undergraduate Research Week

This year, the week of April 3, 2017, is 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."

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Albion_College_LogoAlbion College's 28th Annual Elkin R. Isaac Student Research Symposium will be held on Thursday, April 20, 2017. Nearly 100 students will present the results of their research and creative activity. The participants are nominated by their faculty mentors after having participated in research that results in the significant synthesis of new knowledge.

primary-bates-logo-proximityBates College's signature presentation and celebration of undergraduate research is the Mount David Summit, which was actually held on Friday, March 31st (the week before CUR's Undergraduate Research Week). Featured in our article about the event are videos, photos, and images highlighting digital humanities installations, oral presentations of psychology and chemistry research, poster presentations in geology and chemistry, panel discussions of community-engaged research, creative writing, and more.  For more information, please visit this link.

BayPathThe Sixth Annual Academic Achievement Day was held at Bay Path University on April 19, 2017 to celebrate our students’ accomplishments in a day long symposium.  This year over 370 students from every department in the University shared their research, talents, and experiences in over 56 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 on how the brain adapts to distractions such as texting. Her project, “Steer clear of turning the LOL into an OMG: Distractions Delay Reactions to Visual Cues,”  was also presented at the 2017 NCUR Conference in Memphis, TN.

CSUMB-Logo-BlueIn 2017, 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,” student and faculty panels, and social events for CSUMB students to explore the research conducted across campus. The week-long 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 2017 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. This year, UROC collaborated with the Living Learning Programs to host a passport game. The passport is to encourage students to attend as many events as they can to be entered into a raffle for prizes.
CentralThe spring Undergraduate Research Symposium will take place on May 2, 2017. Students will present the work they have done as part of a course or in collaboration with a faculty member outside of the classroom. Many faculty incorporate poster and oral presentations at the Undergraduate Research Symposium as part of the required work for the class. Faculty and students participate from most academic disciplines, and choose to conduct poster sessions or oral presentations based on discipline specific expectations.
curcClark Atlanta University will be holding its 2nd Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium on March 29, 2017, during Research and Innovation Week 2017!  The symposium will feature research and creative works from all academic disciplines.  Under the direction of a faculty mentor, student researchers will present either a poster or oral presentation on their desired topic.

HighResHolyCrossLogoCMYKCollege of the Holy Cross will be holding it's 17th Annual Academic Conference beginning with an opening performance by the College's bilingual theater troupe, Uni2ACT, on April 25. The conference will continue through April 28 showcasing student work through presentations, posters, and performances. 


CSC_logoColby-Sawyer College, a comprehensive college that integrates the liberal arts and sciences with professional preparation, will host its 14th Annual Susan Colby Colgate Scholars' Symposium on April 18 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 abilitycsc 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. Named 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.
CCURI_Logo_6-10-16Funded by the National Science Foundation, the Community College Undergraduate Research Initiative (CCURI) works with a network of over 40 community colleges nationwide to develop and implement undergraduate research in STEM curriculum. On April 28th, CCURI will host the Spring 2017 Student Colloquium at Anoka-Ramsey Community College. The colloquium will include oral and poster presentations from more than 50 community college students who have completed undergraduate research projects.

ElizElizabeth City State University is having its Annual Undergraduate Research Week activities from April 3- 7th, 2 017.  Our theme is “Today’s Learners; Tomorrow’s Leaders”. All departments are involved with activities from April 3 – 6,, 2017. April 7th is designated as ECSU Day with: 1. activities with middle school; 2. K-12 Jazz Clinic; 3.  university wide poster presentations; a jazz Festival; and 5.  a Q&A with the family of the late Dorothy Vaughan (‘human computer”; of the movie Hidden Figures fame).

elizUndergraduate Research Week sets the stage this year for Elizabethtown College’s Scholarship and Creative Arts Days (SCAD.) Launched in 2007, SCAD is an annual campus-wide 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. A prominent keynote speaker rounds out this interdisciplinary event.

020915_URI_FINALEmbry-Riddle Aeronautical University is celebrating the accomplishments of our undergraduate researches and scholars at Discovery Day 2017 on March 31 and April 1.  This year the event is linked to our Campus Preview Day, so that our prospective students can get a “preview” of the types of research opportunities in which they can participate.   


CoeOn Friday, March 31st, 2017 Florida Atlantic University held its 7th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium hosted by the Office of Undergraduate Research and Inquiry (OURI).  This annual symposium allows all students the opportunity to share their research and creative activities with the university and community members. This year, over 200 faculty, staff and students from FAU and the FAU High school engaged with students involved in research, scholarship and creative activities across all academic disciplines. Twelve students were recognized for outstanding oral presentations with 1st and 2nd place prizes and fourteen students received 1st and 2nd place prizes for poster presentations. Congratulations to all students who presented at this year’s symposium! 


BellTower-RGB(JPG)Furman Engaged! In lieu of regular classes, the university celebrates the wide variety of undergraduate research, scholarship, internships, and creativity of our undergraduates. Launched by the Office of Undergraduate Research and f784de50e675a778882531b562afa936Internships in 2009, this annual event brings our campus community and visitors together for a day of presentations, posters and performances across Furman's campus. Our students present topics from a range of disciplines, from research in the sciences and humanities to creative works in the fine arts. This year Furman University will observe Furman Engaged on Tuesday, April 4. Over 600 undergraduate researchers participate (out of our student population of 2700).

georgia-college-and-state-universityOn April 7, 2017, GC will be holding its 20th GC Research Conference. Students from all disciplines have the opportunity to share their research and creative endeavors through oral or poster presentations. For this 20th anniversary event, the Keynote Speaker is Shaundra Walker, associate director of instruction & research, Ina Dillard Russell Library. During the week prior to the event on April 7, the top-10 undergraduate researcher contributors will be selected by a research committee, using a standardized rubric. Those 10 students will present their work at the April 21-22, 2017, COPLAC (Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges) Southeast Regional Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Conference hosted on the campus of the University of Virginia’s College at Wise Virginia.

IPFW_LogoMarch 29, 2017 marked the 20th annual IPFW Student Research and Creative Endeavor IPFWPosterSymposiumsymposium. Based on points given by the faculty judges, the top three posters in the graduate and undergraduate categories are awarded cash prizes. In the months preceding the Symposium, student presenters are invited to preparation workshops on content, presentation and graphics/design software. Additionally, all the student presenters receive information about the campus funding and opportunities available to student researchers. With the permission of the student and the faculty mentor, posters are loaded into the campus scholarly repository, Opus, which provides a permanent URL for a student to use on graduate school or employment applications.


JacksonvilleThis week’s Jacksonville University Faculty & Student Symposium (April 3 & 4) provides a unique platform for students and faculty to share recently acquired expertise, exciting experiences, proposals and projects in podium and poster presentations. The skills and confidence developed via formal presentation are obvious, impressive and critical for young professionals.  This tradition is more than 20 years old and getting stronger every year.

Celebration_Logo_NEWThe 16th annual "Celebration of Scholarship" will be held the week of April 3, 2017. 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 provide 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.

150_Years_Logo-1Johnson C. Smith University has a fun week of celebrating the importance of research during CUR Undergraduate Research Week, 2017! Monday Kicks-off the week with giveaways, goodies, and research information as well as promoting the #ThisIsResearch campaign. Tuesday is Presentation Prep-Day, when students have a chance to practice and can get feedback on a test-run of an upcoming presentation. Workshop Wednesdays this week will highlight the #ThisIsResearch campaign and focus on how students are doing research across ALL disciplines. The grand prize for Thursday's Health & Human Performance presentation day contest is support to design a poster to display on campus and be featured on the Smith Institute for Applied Research website. JCSU will close out undergraduate research week with "The Research Amazing Race" on Friday when pairs of students race to complete various “research” tasks for a chance to win prizes! View the Full Schedule!

ksuKennesaw State University’s 22nd Annual Symposium of Student Scholars will be held on April 20, 2017. Over 400 students will present their research as posters, oral presentations, and performances. Co-sponsored by the Undergraduate Research Club and the Office of Undergraduate Research, the Symposium of Student Scholars is an event to showcase student scholarship conducted at KSU during the past academic year. In previous years, we have had a great deal of disciplinary diversity in projects presented, including readings of new works from authors, performances of new compositions from musicians, explanations of curricular innovations from educators, innovative business models from entrepreneurs, urban landscape analyses from geographers, and a wide variety of scientific research papers.
KentStateKent State University is celebrating Undergraduate Research week by showcasing the posters of 28 first place winners from the Undergraduate Research Symposium on Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity that took place on March 21st.  At this year’s symposium more than 240 student presenters took part in the day.  Winning posters will be displayed in the KSU Library this week and be showcased at an annual Graduate Student Research Symposium on April 21st as well. 
Mville_logo_posterManhattanville College is hosting the 6th Annual Westchester Undergraduate Research Conference on April 7. 2017 in Purchase, N.Y. We have co-hosted this conference with Mercy College for the last 6 years. This year, we have 55 presentations in biology, psychology, math and computer science and physics, and have have 10 colleges and universities from the local area attending. Manhattanville College, Sarah Lawrence College, Vassar College, Iona College, Marist College, Mercy College, Queens College, Queensborough Community College, Fordham University and New York University will all be represented by undergraduate students, their research mentors and their research projects. We also have 15 students and teachers attending from Sleepy Hollow High School.

MSU_Stacked_The 6th Annual Metropolitan State University of Denver Undergraduate ReseMSUDarch Conference: A Symposium of Scholarly Works and Creative Projects will take place on Friday, April 21, 2017.  The conference showcases the diverse set of scholarly works and projects in which MSU Denver students engage. 


MinnesotaThe 6th Annual Minnesota Undergraduate Scholars Conference was held this week which celebrates research in the Minnesota State College and University system. The event was held at Winona State University on Monday, April 3, 2017. The conference was open to all disciplines for both oral and poster presentations.


MinneMinnesota State University, Mankato is celebrating the work of our undergraduate scholars by supporting their participation in several events this week and next. On April 3rd, students traveled to make 15 presentations at a the 6th annual Undergraduate Scholars Conference of the Minnesota State Colleges and University system in Winona, MN, and currently 27 students are presenting at NCUR at the University of Memphis. On April 11th, Minnesota State University, Mankato will be hosting its 19th annual Undergraduate Research Symposium. The event will include nearly 200 student scholars, who will be presenting their research through poster and oral sessions. In addition, examples of creative research will be on view in a concurrent art exhibition. Student presentations and art work result from individual research, faculty mentoring, and in several cases, institutional grants to support the most original and rigorous research. 


MoreheadThe 12th Annual Celebration of Student Scholarship at Morehead State University will be held on campus April 26, 2017. The purpose of the MSU Celebration is to share and Morehead1showcase the outstanding scholarly work of students involved in undergraduate research and creative endeavor to the greater campus community. In just a little over a decade the Celebration has grown into a day-long event of presentations by students from all colleges, including Business and Technology, Education, Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, and Science. At MSU, faculty in all disciplines are active in engaging students outside the traditional classroom setting in their professional scholarly endeavors. Based upon these collaborations, students are presenting and exhibiting in ever greater numbers at state, regional, and national forums.


Northern Arizona University

thumbnail_NAU_primary_281_Jan2017Northern Arizona University's 10th annual Undergraduate Symposium – a campus-wide celebration of student achievement – is celebrated as a single event in2016_Dome_floor the J. Lawrence Walkup Skydome on Friday, April 28, 2017, 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. This 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 27.

NKU_LogoApril is the month of Celebration of Student Research and Creativity at Northern Kentucky University! This annual celebration showcases the scholarly work of all NKU students. During this campus-wide cross-disciplinary event, NKU undergraduate and graduate students have the opportunity to share their research, artistic or creative projects through posters and oral presentations, or through interactive demonstrations, performances, or exhibits. The BFA studio seniors will kick off the celebration with the day-long exhibitions of their work on April 6th. In the evenings of April 10th and 11th, music majors will entertain audiences with a String Area/Chamber Music Concert and their Jazz Ensemble. On April 11th and 12th, more than 240 students representing a variety of disciplines will present their research, original and creative accomplishments through poster and oral presentations, while our poets, fiction and non-fiction student writers will read their original literary work at the Open Mic: Loch Norse Magazine session. On April 12th, the 12th annual College Movie Festival will feature seven live action and one animation films created by over 40 NKU students, responsible for all creative aspects of the film production process - from writing, producing and directing, to editing, effects and sound design. Capstone Honors presentations will take place on April 17th, 18th and 19th. Our talented theater students will close this month of celebrations with the Year End Series (YES) Festival featuring two new plays (Unfrozen and Human Services).    


The PNACP held its annual meeting April 7-8, 2017 during Undergraduate Research Week.  The meeting's theme was Undergraduate Research, and talks focused on building and sustaining successful research programs at member institutions.


ProvProvidence College will hold its Eight Annual Celebration of Student Scholarship and Creativity on Wednesday, April 26, 2017. 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.


QCCAn Undergraduate Research Student/Alumni Panel “Celebrating Diversity and National Undergraduate Research Week” was hosted by the SACNAS QCC chapter on April 6th. The panelists represented the diversity of our student body and came from a wide range of disciplines and research programs on campus.  Organized by students for students, the April 6th panel marked the college’s second celebration of National Undergraduate Research Week. Additional highlights of the week QCCPhotoinclude Queensborough-MSEIP students traveling to make presentations at the Westchester Undergraduate Research Conference held in Manhattanville College, NY (April 7th) and CSTEP students traveling to make presentations at the 25th Annual CSTEP Conference held in Bolton Landing, NY (April 7-9). Earlier this academic year, Queensborough held its first Undergraduate Research Day. Featuring 80 student poster presentations and art work, the event provided a showcase of Queensborough’s faculty-led undergraduate research efforts across the disciplines. Approximately 150 students, faculty and staff attended Undergraduate Research Day.


SWOThe 24rd Annual Southwestern Oklahoma State University (SWOSU) Research and Scholarly Activity Fair will take place on Thursday, April 13, 2017, from 12 noon to 3:00 p.m. in the Pioneer Cellular Event Center on the campus of SWOSU. This fair displays 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, 109 presentations were made by 200 students and faculty members representing the disciplines of Economic; Allied Health, Art, Business, Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Computer Science, Education, Engineering Technology, Language and Literature, Mathematics, Music, Nursing, Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Physics, Political Science, and Psychology. 


St. John Fisher College

StFSt. John Fisher College will hold its first-ever Student Scholarship and Creative Work Symposium on April 28, 2017. The symposium is supported by the college's new Center for Student Scholarship, Research, and Creative Work. The goal of the Student Scholarship and Creative Work Symposium at St. John Fisher College is to bring together and celebrate our community of undergraduate and graduate student scholars in a campus-wide, cross-disciplinary event. The Student Scholarship and Creative Work Symposium will support the recognition of all forms of scholarship and modes of dissemination and will promote conversations across schools, disciplines, and departments enriching the intellectual vitality of our campus.

smc-logo-tag-281As one of two public, liberal arts, honors colleges in the country, St. Mary’s College of Maryland (SMCM) encourages high-impact practices throughout our curriculum. All students at SMCM engage in research, scholarly, or creative activity, with over half completing an independent research or creative expression project sponsored by a faculty mentor called a St. Mary’s Project (SMP). The SMP allows for in-depth study that matches students’ educational goals, and emerges from the wide range of learning experiences that St. Mary’s encourages. For example, one of our students applied her interest in biology, environmental studies and education to a sponsored project on the effectiveness of goats as biological control for an invasive plant species on campus, which engaged the campus and local community alike and resulted in tangible scholarly outcomes.

Right now, we are ramping up for SMP presentation season! SMPs are presented publicly Student_Presentationto faculty and students of all academic disciplines; parents, families, and any interested individuals are encouraged to attend. These presentations begin in April and end with two dedicated days of panels and poster sessions on May 1 and 2, 2017. In addition, many students jump-start their SMP -or continue ongoing research- with eight weeks of intensive scholarly or creative work through a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship. To celebrate Undergraduate Research Week, student research, including SMPs, will be featured on the College’s website during the week and shared on social media with the hashtag #URW2017.


SteveAustinOn April 18, 2017 SFA will hold its ninth 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 53 different research projects representing 110 outstanding young scholars.

Texas A&M University Kingsville is conducting a Research Symposium where 56 undergraduates will display their posters for review and participation in high impact practices. Photos will appear on twitter. GO Javelina research! View the poster with full agenda.

UAS_LOGOOn Wednesday, April 5, the University of Alaska Southeast held its annual URECA (Undergraduate REsearch and Creative Activity) Symposium in conjunction with Undergraduate Research Week.  Fourteen students presented projects ranging through a variety of formats and disciplines, from marine biology to audio production of albums to natural/anthropogenic soundscapes.  Supported by faculty mentors and with funding from the University and private donors, students engage in research or creative activity in addition to their classroom experiences.  These experiences result in significant datasets, successes, and important lessons learned, which are all shared during this Symposium, which is open to the community. 


University of Central Florida - Burnett Honors College

BHC_LogoThe Burnett Honors College is celebrating Undergraduate Research Week by highlighting DSCN1480 Joey Velez-Ginorio an Honors in the Major student and a 2017 Goldwater Scholar.  Joey is a UCF junior majoring in Computer Engineering with a minor in Mathematics. Joey is also a McNair Scholar and his research is in the field of Artificial Intelligence, focusing on developing an algorithm that allows machines to interpret specific human behavior. Joey is an accomplished scholar who has conducted research across two machine learning labs at UCF. Joey’s  efforts led to a National Science Foundation summer research experience at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) within the Center for Brains, Minds, and Machines. Joey presented his research at the 2016 Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students competing against more than 2,000 undergraduate students and walked away as an awardee.  Congratulations Joey from The Burnett Honors College and the Office of Research and Community Engagement

findlayOn April 6 from 9 a.m. - noon, the University of Findlay will host the Northwest Ohio Undergraduate Research Symposium, which will feature research from students at northwest Ohio colleges and universities.  Research presented will include all disciplines.  This is the first time that the University of Findlay has hosted the event.  Our mayor is proclaiming April 3-8 "Undergraduate Research Week" in Findlay, Ohio! On April 7, 2017, we're presenting our 11th Annual Symposium for Scholarship and Creativity.  This event gives undergraduate and graduate students an opportunity to share their research, creativity, and professional learning experiences with the university and greater community.  Students participate as presenters, demonstrators, and performers.


University of Illinois Chicago

uicOn April 3rd, UIC held its annual Student Research Forum and Impact Day, where over 300 students presented their research posters and gave talks about their high impact educational experiences to visitors, alumni and faculty judges.  Additional April events include the research presentations by UIC's Urban Public Policy Fellows on April 12th and the 28th Annual College of Engineering Expo on April 21st.  On April 25th, UIC, along with its sibling U of I campuses in Springfield and Champaign-Urbana, will bring a coterie of undergraduate researchers to present posters to legislators, staffers and visitors in the capitol building in Springfield IL for the University of Illinois Undergraduate Research Day: Posters Under the Dome. 


University of Illinois Springfield

UISThe University of Illinois Springfield celebrates undergraduate research throughout the month of April.  Actually, we started out with the Capital Scholars Honors Symposium on March 31, in which seniors present their interdisciplinary honors thesis.  We’re sending 11 students to present at #NCUR2017. The fifth annual Student Technology, Arts & UIS1Research Symposium will be held on April 20-21.  Over 80 students present the results of their original scholarly and creative works, including poster and oral presentations, readings, music performances, technology demonstrations, and art installations. The UIS Brookens Library will present the Undergraduate Student Research Award. We will have two keynote speakers: national award-winning poet Ross Gay and William J. Cosgrove, international expert on water policy. Ten UIS students will go on to present at the state capitol on April 25 for the University of Illinois Undergraduate Research Day.




University of Missouri

MUOn April 4, 21 undergraduate researchers from the University of Missouri took part in Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol. Research topics that were shared included reducing bullying among middle school youth, 3D modeling to predict joint health, potential therapeutic target for patients with spinal muscular atrophy and a digital history of the suppression of the MU2African slave trade. The event is an opportunity for students to share their research with state legislators and demonstrate to lawmakers the unique opportunities undergraduate students have to participate with faculty in research at MU. In addition to displaying posters in the Capitol Rotunda, the students visited the offices of legislators of their home districts and were introduced in both the House and Senate chambers. Kara Schulte was one of the students visiting the Capitol and later this month will travel to Washington, D.C., for CUR Posters on the Hill. On April 18, MU Undergraduate Research will host the Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievements Forum. That event will include more than 350 student researchers from a variety of majors presenting their research, including some multi-discipline projects. Earlier in the semester, Mizzou held the 2nd Annual Visual Art & Design Showcase, which featured works of architectural design, arttheatre costume design, floral design, apparel design, digital storytelling and much more.


University of Nebraska at Kearney

New_UNKIdentityThe University of Nebraska at Kearney will host its 19th Annual Student Research Day on April 11.  Approximately 170 students will present scholarly projects through posters, oral presentations, and performances. 



University of South Dakota

USDlogoUniversity of South Dakota’s 25th Annual IdeaFest, our annual showcase of graduate and undergraduate student research, creative scholarship and academic engagement. USD takes pride in both the breadth of the graduate and professional programs offered at USD and the liberal arts identity that is at the core of the institution. 


University of South Florida

usf-v-greenAs a globally-focused, community-engaged research university, the University of South Florida  is an ideal environment in which to foster the values of high-impact scholarship and creative activities. On Thursday, April 6, 2017, the USF Office for Undergraduate Research will host the Undergraduate Research and Arts Colloquium. The event will provide a venue for undergraduate students in all disciplines to present their currentusf1 research and receive feedback from research mentors and peers. This year, more than 450 students will present the results of their research making this colloquium the largest institutional undergraduate research event in the state of Florida for a second consecutive year. Nearly 25% of the presenters are in their first or second year indicating they are highly engaged from the very beginning of their journey at USF. This event puts a spotlight on the incredible experiences available to all undergraduates at USF, and it underscores the tangible benefits and outcomes for undergraduate students engaged in research including achieving higher grades, having a deeper understanding of their chosen discipline, and being more competitive for jobs, national awards, and admission to graduate and professional school. Learn more about the USF Undergraduate Research and Arts Colloquium HERE.


University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

UTRGV_Rockin_R_Preferred_FullEach spring, the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s Office of Engaged 


Scholarship & Learning hosts the Engaged Scholar Symposium (ES2) as an opportunity for undergraduates to present research, creative works, and service learning projects. The Engaged Scholar Symposium is the largest multidisciplinary gathering of undergraduate scholars in South Texas and was conceived to share and celebrate multidisciplinary undergraduate research, service learning projects, and creative works. We will be accepting abstracts for next year’s Engaged Scholar Symposium early Spring 2018.

The University of West Alabama

UWA_PMS187The University of West Alabama held its 6th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium on March 7, 2017!  The symposium featured research from STEM disciplines, URS_Group3_2017showcasing the diversity of topics, approaches and interests. The Symposium also serves as a resource for undergraduates not yet engaged in research. The symposium featured 52 poster presentation, authored by 72 undergraduates from 8 different regional universities.


UWG-1April 4 is the University of West Georgia’s Scholars’ Day event. Classes are canceled from 1-4pm for our Undergraduate Research Conference in which we have over 200 students participating. Following the conference is our Honors Convocation where student research presenters and their faculty mentors will be honors along with many scholarship recipients. We spend the day celebrating undergraduate research and student accomplishments.


Utah State University

RADRAD! Is our second annual Research in the Arts Day celebration here in the Caine College of the Arts at Utah State University. The campus-wide Research Week that begins next week focuses on research across campus, and because the arts are such a small, but vital, part of our research culture, we initiated this day-long focus on arts-based research last year (2016). A poster session, a Pecha Kucha event, a workshop on grant writing in the arts, and various other open studios and rehearsals give students, faculty, staff, and the public a chance to get a better sense of the breadth and depth of creative research in Theater, Music, and Art+Design takes place in the college. We wrap up our day with a networking cocktail hour at the country club to give our students a chance to schmooze with local patrons of the arts.


Villanova_CURF_logo2017 marks the fourth annual Villanova Spring Research Expo, a week-long series of events that celebrates the scholarly achievements of Villanova's researchers—undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty. On Monday, April 25 through Friday, April 28, Expo will showcase a year's worth of undergraduate research and student accomplishment in innovation and creativity, as well as research done by our graduate students and faculty. Each day of the week will feature a different college's students presenting their research and hosting events to highlight the innovative work that is being done by enterprising Villanovans.


Virginia Commonwealth University

VCUUndergraduate and graduate students will proudly celebrate and present their research during the seventh annual Virginia Commonwealth University Research Weeks, March 24 to April 28. Students from across disciplines will present their work to faculty and peers during research symposiums and other events. VCU Research Weeks is often a major highlight for student researchers, said Herbert Hill, director of undergraduate research opportunities in the Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation.


New_CUR_Logo_PNGThe Virginia Union University Center for Undergraduate Research will have daily events to celebrate Undergraduate Research Week. A full description and event details can be found at our website. Activities will include:

  • an Undergraduate Research Panel
  • VUU Speaks: “Bracketology” Edition: This event seeks to encourage productive dialogue among undergraduate students as they discuss their vision for our beloved VUU
  • a Scavenger Hunt where students will consider various clues about the research process and campus resources designed to support student research and/or creative inquiry endeavors
  • 2nd annual Research and Creative Inquiry Expo
  • CUR Appreciation Day: The CUR staff shall demonstrate our sincere appreciation to the VUU campus community.

WesleyScholars Day has become a signature annual event at Wesley College in Dover Delaware during which students present their research works and other creative activities from all disciplines to the entire community of friends and family members as well as faculty, fellow students, staff, industry leaders, members of government, grant agencies that often attend the Scholars Day of celebration and festivities. According to Dr. Agashi Nwogbaga, Professor of Mathematics and current Chair of the Scholars Day Committee, working on the Scholars Day Committee is a “labor of love that culminates with the celebration of undergraduate research mentored by supportive faculty that nurture, inspire and motivate a community of learners through enriched intellectual engagement within a tradition of continuing excellence and success”. Although Wesley College is a small liberal arts college, over one hundred applications have been submitted for presentation at this year’s Scholars Day scheduled for Wednesday April 12, 2017.


UgradResearch_FL_124and295West Virginia University (WVU) is holding its Annual Undergraduate Spring Symposium on Saturday April 8, 2017. More than 100 undergraduate students from wide-ranging disciplines, from engineering to audiology and agriculture to creative arts, will explain the results of their original research and/or creative projects with attendees. The poster event coincides with prospective student and family attendance at the April 8 Decide WVU Day. Undergraduate presenters will share their experiences with incoming freshmen and their parents to show them what amazing work our undergraduates are doing and to celebrate undergraduate scholarly activity. This event is free and open to everyone at the university as well as to members of the general public.

Link to press release: http://undergraduateresearch.wvu.edu/blog/2017/04/03/wvu-undergraduate-spring-symposium-april-8-everyone-is-welcome

Western Carolina University

Western_Carolina_University_Logo.svgWestern Carolina University's Research & Scholarship Celebration (RASC) will be held March 29 and 30, 2017 in Cullowhee, NC. RASC is an annual combined event that includes the Undergraduate Expo and the Graduate Research Symposium. On Wednesday, March 29, the RASC includes 21 undergraduate oral presentations at various campus locations throughout the day. At 3:00 pm, the RASC poster session preview begins in the Ramsey Center Arena. The session includes 64 undergraduate poster presentations along with 24 research posters presented by graduate students. In addition, the Center for Service Learning is showcasing 10 STAR Engagement Award winners. Other highlights include a panel discussion on research by WCU faculty and a keynote address by Marie Cochran, Artist and Founding Curator of the Affrilachian Artist Project. On Thursday, March 30, 44 oral presentations by graduate students take place 9:30-4:45 in the University Center. Along with the graduate student presentations, 11 talks from featured undergraduate students are part of the oral presentations in the University Center.  The keynote speaker on Thursday is Dr. Anthony Graham, dean of the College of Education at North Carolina A&T University.

Wheeling2017winnersWheeling Jesuit University held their 18th Annual Student Research and Scholarship Symposium on April 4, 2017.
WM-Below-Clock-Tower-blue-488Each year the Whitman Undergraduate Conference celebrates the scholarship and creativity of Whitman students over the course of a day devoted entirely to their accomplishments. The 19th Annual Whitman Undergraduate Conference brings together students from every academic area of the college to share their research and creative projects with the campus community. The conference is noteworthy for its variety of presentations, which take the form of talks, poster presentations, musical performances and special exhibitions.
wp-footer-logoEXPLORATIONS 2017: Research, Scholarship and Creative Expression William Paterson University will present a variety of programs across the whole month of April that involve both students and faculty. Student activities include: Honors College Senior Research ExplorationsLogotype_WPPresentations (April 4 to 6), Interdisciplinary Poster Session (April 4 and 6), Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society for Nursing, Iota Alpha Chapter, Annual Nursing Research Conference: Nurses' Influence Through Evidenced Based Research (April 13), NJ Social Media Summit (April 21), and the 11th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium (April 22) that brings students from more than 80 institutions from the Northeastern United States.
wssu-logo-horiz-2c-primary72Winston Salem State University’s Annual Scholarship day will be held on Thursday, April 6th.  Over 150 students will present their research/scholarly projects at a university wide poster session.  Additionally, each department is holding scholarly lectures, talks, performances, and presentations throughout the day.  The day’s events are attended by nearly every member of campus and is an exciting culmination to the school year.