UT Dallas to Promote Undergraduate Research During Annual Exhibition of Excellence
April 6, 2015
Yuying Chen (left), with judge Audrey Kostrzewa of Raytheon, examined the democracy in Taiwan with her research project, which she presented at last year's poster contest. This year's event will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Tuesday in the Visitor Center and University Bookstore Atrium.
UT Dallas students who ultimately pursue careers in research often begin their professional preparation by taking part in research activities on campus during their undergraduate years.
But regardless of career path, undergraduate research experience can benefit any student with a desire to enhance critical and analytical thinking skills, work effectively in teams, or improve communication skills, said Courtney Brecheen, associate dean in the Office of Undergraduate Education.
“Working with faculty mentors and graduate students provides an opportunity to investigate whether the application of a discipline aligns with your skills and your career ambitions,” Brecheen said. “Undergraduate research is also a great way to connect with faculty who may provide crucial guidance and experience during your academic and professional career, whatever that may be.”
Ridwan Haseeb and Michael Lau described their work to Dr. Walter Voit, assistant professor of mechanical engineering. Haseeb and Lau took first place at last year's poster contest.
The Office of Undergraduate Education and the Office of Research will host the 2015 Exhibition of Excellence in Undergraduate Research from April 6-10. The annual event provides a chance for students to learn about research opportunities on campus, get advice from current undergraduate researchers and learn how to craft a science/research-oriented résumé.
Brecheen said the event, now in its fourth year, has drawn more interest each year due to increased support from faculty and demand from students.
“Our goal was to design a series of events to connect prospective researchers with faculty who had research projects, promote research activities and showcase successful undergraduate researchers,” she said.
In 2012, approximately 200 students attended the Exhibition of Excellence in Undergraduate Research. Last year, more than 600 current and prospective undergraduate researchers participated, and 40 faculty research projects were represented at Match Day.
“We expect another increase in overall participation this year as faculty and students from a greater variety of disciplines begin to utilize these activities,” Brecheen said.