Symposium to Showcase Undergraduate Research at WSUOGDEN, Utah – Weber State University will host the fourth annual Undergraduate Research Symposium and Celebration on March 26 from noon to 5 p.m. in the Shepherd Union Building.
The symposium offers a forum for students to present their research findings and share experiences with the campus and community. The event will include approximately 102 student presentations, involving 41 oral presentations, 59 poster presentations, and two performing arts presentations.
The oral and poster presentations represent a broad cross section of departments and disciplines at WSU. Scheduled presentation topics range from “Detecting Abandoned Mines and Caves through Geospatial Analysis,” to examining the “Effects of Stress on Human Blood Platelet Function,” to the “Makeup, Effects and Hair Design of Macbeth.”
“It is often said that research is not complete until is it is presented,” said the associate clinical laboratory sciences professor Scott Wright, the interim director of the Office of Undergraduate Research at WSU. “The symposium provides an excellent opportunity for students to present their research findings to fellow students and faculty, WSU administrators, the area community and also to individual donors who have contributed to the undergraduate research at the university.”
Wright said the symposium will be the first time most of the students have presented research findings in a formal setting, which will prepare them for presentations at national conferences for their disciplines.
Undergraduate research fosters collaborations between students and faculty mentors, allowing students to explore areas of interest in greater detail or depth.
“Working one on one with a faculty mentor over the course of one or two semesters is a tremendous opportunity for the students that cannot be obtained in the classroom,” Wright said. “The research being presented at the symposium illustrates the tremendous depth and quality of undergraduate research being done at WSU.”
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