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Wyoming Undergraduate Research Day April 21 at UW

April 18, 2012 — More than 300 students will present their research findings during the annual Wyoming Undergraduate Research Day, scheduled noon-5:30 p.m., Saturday, April 21, in the Wyoming Union Family Room.

Concurrent oral presentations are scheduled noon-4 p.m., while the poster session takes place from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Each oral session is 15 minutes, with a 5-minute question-and-answer session to follow.

Undergraduate Research Day is designed to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of undergraduate student researchers. The event showcases undergraduate students' research in a wide variety of subject areas, including agriculture, business, education, engineering, health sciences, biological and physical sciences, mathematical sciences, social sciences, and the arts and humanities.

"Undergraduate Research Day is a great chance to see how many truly talented undergraduate students attend UW," say Bill Gern, UW vice president for research and economic development. "It also is a great opportunity to see that many of our undergraduate students have worked on significant problems requiring research and scholarship -- side by side -- with faculty in a cooperative learning environment where the creation of new knowledge or new applications of existing knowledge is on full display."

Rick Matlock, project coordinator of Wyoming EPSCoR, says approximately 312 undergraduate students will make presentations this year. In addition to UW, community college and high school faculty and students; families, friends and the general public are invited to attend.

Maura Hagan, a space physicist and deputy director of the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), will present the keynote address at the Robert A. Jenkins Memorial Dinner, scheduled 5:45-7:30 p.m., in the Wyoming Union Yellowstone Ballroom. Hagan, an expert on the connections between weather in space and the Earth's atmosphere, will present a lecture, titled "Space Weather." The dinner event is R.S.V.P.

Wyoming Undergraduate Research Day is sponsored by the UW offices of Research and Economic Development, Student Affairs, Academic Affairs, the College of Arts and Sciences Summer Independent Study Program, College of Agriculture, College of Engineering, College of Health Sciences, Wyoming INBRE, UW Honors Program, McNair Scholars Program, Wyoming EPSCoR and the Wyoming NASA Space Grant Consortium.

The UW Libraries will provide a repository for electronic copies of the student presentations. Electronic copies will be made available through the UW Libraries Digital Initiative at

For more information, contact Matlock at (307) 766-3545 or

Josh McConnell, a UW chemical engineering and mathematics senior, fastens a syringe to a computer-automated pump for use in inertial focusing experiments. Inertial focusing allows manipulation and separation of micro-particles and cells. McConnell will be participating in the annual Wyoming Undergraduate Research Day.

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