Symposium to showcase undergraduate research

This weekend, the campus community will have an opportunity to travel the Crooked Road, Virginia’s heritage music trail; find out how Spanish Inquisitors encountered the “Other” in 16th-century Mexico; and explore a mouse model of traumatic brain injury.

Senior Benjamin Fifield, a political science major in Arts & Sciences, shows off his project, One Man Acting Alone: The Consolidation of the Empowered Executive in Foreign Affairs, 1944-1961, during last year’s spring Undergraduate Research Symposium.

It’s all part of the annual fall Undergraduate Research Symposium, beginning at noon Saturday, Oct. 23.

The event’s keynote speaker will be Audry R. Odom, MD, PhD, assistant professor of pediatrics at the School of Medicine. Her talk is at noon in the Laboratory Sciences Building, Room 300.

Poster presentations begin at 1:30 p.m. in Olin Library.

More than 175 undergraduate students are expected to showcase their research projects through poster presentations and visual and oral presentations during the event, which is free and open to the public.

“We are very excited to showcase all the fine work of our undergraduate researchers,” says Joy Kiefer, PhD, assistant dean in Arts & Sciences and director of the Office of Undergraduate Research. “There will be a wide variety of academic disciplines represented so there really is something of interest for everyone.”

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