Every year, undergraduate students from all disciplines and all of the state's colleges and universities come together at the Utah Conference on Undergraduate Research (UCUR) where they celebrates academic, professional and personal achievements resulting from undergraduate research projects or creative endeavors. This year, SUU is honored to host the state's UCUR scholars.
Despite difficult economic times, over 250 undergraduates and their faculty mentors will find their way to SUU this Friday, February 26. Presenters include students from Brigham Young University, Dixie State College, Salt Lake Community College, University of Utah, Utah State University, Utah Valley University, Weber State University and, of course, Southern Utah University.
No less than 26 of the almost 200 presentations will be from SUU, representing the fields of biology, chemistry, dance, education, geology, nutrition, physics and psychology.
Not solely for student presenters, this year's UCUR conference will afford all students, faculty and the larger Cedar City community an opportunity to hear and learn about scholarship at the forefront of academia --immersing themselves in a community of learners.
According to Lynn White, director of SUU's Undergraduate Research and Scholarship Program (UGRASP), the UCUR conference is a microcosm for the world of academia, research, and scholarship.
White asserts that, in all likelihood, many of the students who present this Friday will continue to become some of our country’s future leaders and scholars within their respective disciplines.
This week's presentations will include both visual and oral displays of work in all academic disciplines, from art history to molecular biology.
All are welcome and encouraged to attend the oral presentations, poster sessions and dance performances, free of charge.
The conference, which will be held in SUU's Sharwan Smith Center, will open with a welcome address by SUU Provost Brad Cook at 8:30 a.m. in the Student Center Ballroom. UCUR activities and presentations will then run throughout the day, concluding with a closing reception at 3:30 p.m. in the Ballroom.
A complete program with abstracts, and abbreviated schedules are posted on UGRASP's website.