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Academics & Research

Students to take spotlight at Undergraduate Research Day

Time and effort will prove to be worthwhile as undergraduate researchers will have the opportunity to present their research from the past year this Thursday.

The sixth annual Undergraduate Research Day will begin at 4 p.m. Oct. 14 at the Rockwell Pavilion in the M.D. Anderson Memorial Library.

“We have over 109 undergraduate researchers to present over a wide variety of subjects including architecture, business, hotel & restaurant management to CLASS, pharmacy and many more,” program director for the Office of Undergraduate Research Karen Weber said.

The annual event will celebrate the projects that students had embarked on in their field of study while working independently with a faculty mentor. Undergraduates who participated in the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship, Provost’s Undergraduate Research Scholarship Program and the Student Training and Research Program are among the many participants to display their work.

The celebration will open with the display and viewing of student research posters. Welcoming remarks will be given by Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs John Antel and Associate Dean of Undergraduate Research and the Honors College Stuart Long. A selected group of students and faculty mentors will be honored with awards at the event.

Research at the University has given many students the opportunity to achieve their aspirations early on in their academic careers. Over the past year, undergraduate researchers such as Erica Fletcher and Matthew Reichl let research help them thrive.

Fletcher had raised awareness after she produced her documentary titled “Marianismo,” which focuses on the lives of Latina women affected with HIV/AIDS. Reichl attained national recognition among the top science undergraduates as the winner of the 2010 Goldwater Scholarship.

Undergraduate students are encouraged to take advantage of the research programs offered by the Office of Undergraduate Research and the Honors College.

“Students will be able to know one on one what research is in their field,” Weber said. “This is one of the best ways to know what it will be like. It lets you work independently and allows you the freedom to guide your own projects.”

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