University of Calgary

Undergraduate Research Symposium

November 22, 2010

Undergrads showcase excellence in research

By Ron Riopka

To celebrate the research work of undergraduate students at the University of Calgary, over 100 undergraduates will be presenting their research this Wednesday. Photo credit: Gene BainesTo celebrate the research work of undergraduate students at the University of Calgary, over 100 undergraduates will be presenting their research this Wednesday. Photo credit: Gene BainesWhat are the economic and health impacts of electronic waste recycling? What was Richard Wagner’s influence on Heavy Metal, Rammstein and Nine Inch Nails? Are our best teachers more effective—or do they just sound better?

If you want to know, just drop into MacEwan Student Centre on Thursday, November 25 for the annual Undergraduate Research Symposium. To celebrate the research work of undergraduate students at the University of Calgary, over 100 undergraduates will be presenting their research to mesmerize and amaze you.

The Undergraduate Research Symposium is open from 11a.m. - 2 p.m. on Nov. 25 for your viewing and (if you’re like me) a lot of questions.

“The University of Calgary has a strong reputation as an academic leader in research and the Students’ Union is proud to support its university by showcasing excellence in research by the undergraduate community,” says Alyssa Stacy, the Students’ Union VP academic. “This is not only a great opportunity to talk with researchers about their projects but to get information on research resources at the U of C and find out how you can get involved.”

The symposium will have displays on a range of programs, resources, student groups and facilities that can get you actively involved in research. You can learn what the new Taylor Family Digital Library, soon to open on campus, has to offer in terms of incredible research resources and gaming-based learning. Explore opportunities to work alongside leading U of C researchers. Learn how to earn credits towards your degree while experiencing an unforgettable international experience and exposure to diverse cultures. Explore the U of C Libraries and Cultural Resources D-Space, a free on-line resource that preserves the diversity of academic output of our university.

This past year with the gracious participation and support of our on-campus partners; the Office of the Provost, the Alumni Association, the Office of Sustainability, The O'Brien Centre (Health Sciences) and the Graduate Students' Association, the Students’ Union was able to recognize exceptional research in a diverse range of subject areas, including childhood development and care giving, health care and surgical robotics, molecular science, community property, environmental sustainability and forest management. A total of $8,500 was awarded to undergraduate student researchers.

This year marks the fifth anniversary of the Research Symposium and it has doubled in size over last year’s event. “The SU [Students’ Union] is thrilled that the event has grown in size and importance,” says Alyssa. “It is a chance for the campus community to learn and get involved in research, but it is also serious competition as participants vie for a number of special honours and cash awards.”

More information on the Undergraduate Research Symposium is available at the U of C Students’ Union website at www.su.ucalgary.ca.


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