University Hosts 2012 Undergraduate Research Conference

Undergraduate students will showcase their scholarly work and research contributions April 16-20.

For the first time, the conference is welcoming visitors from universities across the nation to participate and showcase their research.

For the first time, the conference is welcoming visitors from universities across the nation to participate and showcase their research.

Texas Tech will host the Undergraduate Research Conference (URC) April 16-20 at the Student Union Building.

The weeklong celebration will give 177 undergraduate students, representing various majors, the opportunity to showcase their scholarly work and contributions to undergraduate research.

“The conference provides an opportunity for students to present research, showcase their findings, and network with faculty, staff, and fellow researchers,” said Jeannie Diaz, director at the Center for Undergraduate Research (CUR) at Texas Tech.

Students from Texas Tech and other universities have the opportunity to attend sessions focused on undergraduate research and present research in a paper, poster or oral format.

The event is part of an ongoing mission to support and promote scholarly research and scholarship by providing undergraduate research opportunities for students and faculty at Texas Tech.

As part of URC’s outreach and engagement activities, the conference will host a Graduate School Fair featuring 30 graduate schools and representatives from Texas to give students the opportunity to learn more about graduate opportunities and the application process.

This year, for the first time, the conference is welcoming visitors from universities across the nation to participate in the conference and showcase their research, including California State University-East Bay, Louisiana State University at Alexandria and students throughout the state of Texas.

The presentations will be judged by 250 faculty and graduate students. Awards include a $2,000 graduate school test prep certificates, Kindles, iPads and other prizes.

The event is hosted by CUR, Texas Tech University/Howard Hughes Medical Institute (TTU/HHMI) Program at the Center for the Integration of Science Education & Research, the Office of the Vice President for Research, and the university’s Honors College.

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.

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