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UT Dallas to Promote Undergraduate Research During Annual Exhibition of Excellence

Undergraduate Research poster contest

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.”

Undergraduate Research poster contest

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.

2015 Exhibition of Excellence in Undergraduate Research

Activities are open to all UT Dallas students. For more information, see the schedule.

Research Résumé WorkshopMonday, 5-7 p.m., Residence Hall West, RHW 2.401Students can get advice on preparing a scientific/research-oriented résumé or how to strengthen their existing research résumé. The workshop also will cover best practices and tips for interviewing with faculty members during Match Day.

‘The Exley’ LuncheonTuesday, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Visitor Center and University Bookstore AtriumCelebrate the latest issue of UT Dallas’ undergraduate research publication, The Exley. Current contributors as well as recipients of the Patti Henry Pinch Scholarship will be recognized. Attendees also will learn how to get published in the journal and receive a copy of the new issue.

Undergraduate Research Scholar Awards and Poster ContestTuesday, 2-5 p.m., Visitor Center and University Bookstore AtriumRecipients of Undergraduate Research Scholar Awards, given by the Office of the Vice President for Research, will present their research at a poster exhibition. A panel of UT Dallas judges will determine which top posters and presenters will go on to the final competition April 14.

Match DayWednesday, 3-5 p.m., Visitor Center and University Bookstore AtriumLike speed dating for science, Match Day facilitates the pairing of motivated students with faculty members who have active research projects. Dress professionally and come prepared with copies of your résumé, as well as informed questions to ask of researchers.

Undergraduate Student Research PanelThursday, 3 p.m., Galaxy Room, SU 2.602This event is perfect for students who may wish to apply for the Green Fellowship Program, Clark Summer Research Program or a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship. Undergraduate students and faculty mentors will take questions about their research experiences and provide tips to students about how to obtain a research position that fits their interests.

Announcement of 2015 Provost’s Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research Mentoring WinnerFridayThe award formally acknowledges a faculty mentor who demonstrates superior leadership, support and guidance to undergraduates in their research endeavors.

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