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Texas Tech Hosts Undergraduate Research Conference

The sixth annual Undergraduate Research Conference will take place April 15-17.

Written by Callie Jones

Undergraduate Research Conference

Texas Tech University’s Center for Active Learning and Undergraduate Engagement will host the sixth annual Undergraduate Research Conference April 15-17.

The conference will be held at several locations across the Texas Tech campus. Presentations and speakers will be held throughout the day on April 15-16 in the Student Union Building. A graduate school expo will be held in the Library’s Croslin room April 15. The conference concludes with the Undergraduate Research Spring Banquet at 5:30 p.m. on April 17, in the Frazier Alumni Pavilion.

“The Undergraduate Research Conference is an excellent opportunity for Texas Tech to encourage multi-disciplinary scholarship at the undergraduate level,” said President M. Duane Nellis. “We look forward to seeing presentations from Texas Tech students as well as students from around the country.”

The conference features over 160 undergraduate participants from a variety of disciplines and research topics. The event is one of the largest undergraduate research conferences in the region.

In addition to oral and poster research presentations, this year’s conference includes visual art displays, live performances in theatre, dance, and music, and a keynote presentation by composers Scott and Amy Faris, “Merging Historical Film and Modern Music: The Creative Process Behind Metropolis Elektro.”

“A significant part of the educational experience at Texas Tech takes place outside the usual classroom environment, and undergraduate research is an important example of the special learning opportunities we provide for our students,” said Provost Lawrence Schovanec. “This conference will not only showcase the talents of our undergraduate student body, but will illustrate how collaboration between students and faculty enhances the community, discovery and creativity at Texas Tech.”

For more information on the Center for Active Learning and Undergraduate Engagement and for a full schedule of conference events, visit http://www.calue.ttu.edu.

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Center for Undergraduate Research

The Center for Undergraduate Research, recently established under the Office of the Provost, seeks to engage the university community in undergraduate research initiatives.

The center provides support and funding for undergraduate students and faculty while developing innovative programs and activities to enhance undergraduate research at the university level and beyond. Undergraduates engaged through the center and its cohorts have the opportunity to apply concepts from their college courses to real life situations in order to further their creative achievement.