The conference is one of the largest of its kind in the region, featuring research of more than 200 students from all disciplines.
The Center for Active Learning and Undergraduate Engagement (CALUE) will host its annual Undergraduate Research Conference Tuesday and Wednesday (March 29-30) in the Student Union Building (SUB). The conference is one of the largest of its kind in the region, featuring research of more than 200 students from all disciplines.
Undergraduate scholars and faculty members from nine universities will participate in this year's celebration of academic and creative scholarship.
“Attendees will be amazed by the work undergraduates are doing,” said Erin Justyna, associate director for CALUE. “You hear about faculty members doing this level of research, but students as young as freshman are doing this kind of work.”
The conference will feature poster and oral presentations, keynote speakers, a visual art exhibition and a performing arts session in the Escondido Theatre. This year's keynote speakers are Ali Nejat, assistant professor for Whitacre College of Engineering, and Climate Science Center Director Katharine Hayhoe, who will speak about “Communicating Your Research to Broader Audiences and “Researching Bigger.”
In addition to the presentations, awards will be presented to the top undergraduate scholars in each research category.
Undergraduate students desiring to begin their own research can contact any member of the CALUE staff. Students can register with the CALUE office with their preferred area of active learning (research, service, internships and study abroad) and then the CALUE staff will alert students of opportunities with faculty members or community partners. CALUE also provides research project funding, travel funding and academic scholarships to undergraduate researchers.
For more information about research opportunities and active learning, visit CALUE's website.