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Published April 14, 2023
Nearly 300 undergraduate students from the University of Wyoming and various Wyoming colleges will take part in UW’s Undergraduate Research and Inquiry Day Saturday, April 22.
Since 1999, Undergraduate Research and Inquiry Day -- formerly Undergraduate Research Day -- has provided student researchers across multiple disciplines with opportunities to present posters and give oral talks showcasing their academic efforts while recognizing and celebrating their accomplishments.
“Undergraduate experiences in research and other scholarly inquiries demonstrate originality and creativity of our students and dedication to mentoring by our faculty,” says Parag Chitnis, UW’s vice president for research and economic development. “These projects often change career trajectory and postgraduation outcomes for our students. We are proud to showcase our student excellence on Undergraduate Research and Inquiry Day.”
Concurrent oral presentations are planned in UW’s Classroom Building beginning at 8 a.m. and concluding at noon. Poster presentations will take place at the Marian H. Rochelle Gateway Center from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Each student oral presentation is roughly 10 minutes long, with a five-minute question/answer session following. Friends, family members, mentors, colleagues and the public are encouraged to attend.
Topics will include research in the areas of agriculture; business; education; engineering; health sciences; biological and physical sciences; mathematical sciences; social sciences; and the arts and humanities.
In preparation for the event, students have had access to workshops and other resources to help them with abstract writing, developing oral presentations, designing posters and additional professional development tools.
Two awards will be given by Phi Beta Kappa. The first category honors a project that showcases excellence in nonvocational, nonprofessional or nontechnical studies. The second award is given to a project that articulates the interfaces between science and the human condition in a nuanced way that shows understanding and not simply consideration. Winners expertly knit together the physical, intellectual, ethical and social interfaces of the project.
Research and inquiry events are sponsored by the UW Research and Economic Development Division; the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences; the Honors College; Wyoming INBRE; the McNair Scholars Program; Phi Beta Kappa; Wyoming EPSCoR; the Science Initiative; and the Wyoming NASA Space Grant Consortium.
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