OGDEN, Utah – A contingent of Weber State University students, faculty mentors and alumni will head to the state Capitol in Salt Lake City Feb. 2 to raise awareness about the university and its accomplishments.
More than 60 students from a variety of disciplines will share their undergraduate research projects and community outreach efforts with lawmakers during a poster session from 9:30 a.m. to noon in the rotunda.
The 31 posters on display cover a wide array of topics, including science play in the classroom, the growing concern over piracy in today’s media industries, senior services and Alzheimer’s disease outreach, costume design, and the automation of the inventory control procedure for a local center.
This year’s poster display is particularly significant as it provides a glimpse of what is to come later this spring when WSU will host the National Conference on Undergraduate Research. Approximately 3,000 students from across the U.S. are expected to attend and present their undergraduate research findings at the event, which will take place March 29-31.
For the eighth year in a row, a group of alumni, dressed in purple, plan to visit with legislators and help raise awareness about their alma mater. In addition to being recognized on the floor of both the House and Senate chambers, the WSU alumni group will attend committee and caucus meetings for both parties.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for state lawmakers to interact directly with our students and alumni,” said Brad Mortensen, vice president for University Advancement. “The legislators hear from their constituents, and they have a chance to see the ways in which Weber State University students and programs enrich and support our state, our communities and the economic vitality of our region.”
Mortensen, who serves as WSU’s legislative liaison, said awareness days like this are important because they remind state lawmakers about the important contributions WSU and the system of higher education make statewide.
“We are very proud of the depth and breadth of knowledge our students demonstrate through their research projects,” Mortensen said. “With thousands of students from across the country coming to Weber State in March, having the chance to put our best and brightest on display at the Capitol demonstrates the impact of what is happening on our campuses.”Visit weber.edu/wsutoday for more news about Weber State University.
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