April 8, 2011
Written by Jeannie Diaz
Informative sessions about different elements of research are available throughout the week.
The Center for Undergraduate Research will celebrate undergraduate researchers with a week-long conference, April 11-15.
The kick-off event will take place April 11 from 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. in the Engineering Key with outdoor festivities including free food, t-shirts and rock climbing activities. The opening ceremony will feature Guy Bailey, president of Texas Tech, speaking about the importance of undergraduate research at Texas Tech as the university continues to focus on research initiatives for Tier One status.
Attendees can view undergraduate research posters, network with fellow researchers and faculty, and enjoy light hors d’oeuvres. The event will begin at 4:00 p.m. April 11 in the Student Union Building Ballroom.
The conference is an opportunity for undergraduate students to attend research-focused events, network with other researchers and participate in panel and poster sessions. The event also is an opportunity for faculty and graduate students to review paper or poster presentations and support undergraduate researchers.
Throughout the week, undergraduate research sessions about different elements of research will be hosted. More than 100 students are anticipated to present their research in poster or paper format and are representative of multiple disciplines and colleges across campus.
Various activities will take place including research panel luncheons, oral and poster presentations, and networking activities. The conference will also include an opportunity for students to visit with departments interested in recruiting and supporting Texas Tech researchers through the Raider Research Fair, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. April 13 in the Student Union Building Ballroom. Departments from across campus will be represented and door prizes will be provided.
All faculty and students are invited to attend the event to support undergraduate researchers. Conference supporters include the Center for Undergraduate Research, TTU/HHMI Program at CISER, University Honors College and the Office of the Vice President for Research.
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.