Symposium to highlight undergraduate research

The spring Undergraduate Research Symposium will be held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, April 25, in the Laboratory Sciences Building.

Expected to feature more than 140 student presentations, the symposium allows undergraduates to showcase their research projects through posters and visual and oral presentations. The event is free and open to the public.

“The symposium provides a means for our undergraduate students to present their research projects to a wide audience,” said Henry Biggs, Ph.D., associate dean in Arts & Sciences and director of the Office of Undergraduate Research.

“We have some truly outstanding students at the University, and the research they are doing, even as undergraduates, is fascinating,” Biggs said.

Students from Arts & Sciences, the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, Olin Business School and the School of Engineering & Applied Science will present their work.

Patricia J. Pukkila, Ph.D., professor of biology at the University of North Carolina, will deliver a keynote address out-lining the graduate student and postdoctoral fellow mentoring program she started at North Carolina.

The School of Engineering & Applied Science’s motorsport program, WUracing, will show off a Formula SAE race car that students have built and are working to refine to allow it to run on ethanol.

Other presentations will include an investigation of eco-friendly restaurants, a line of Aztec-inspired fashions and a study of two endemic plants’ pollination and breeding systems, among many more.

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