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UToday HomeNovember 29, 2012

Undergraduate students are setting their sights on more $20,000 in awards up for grabs at this year’s Undergraduate Research Symposium (URS).

This is the seventh year the Students’ Union (SU) has hosted this thought-provoking event and everyone is welcome to drop by and see the fascinating findings today. Whether you’ve wondered about the psychobiology of stress, nomenclature in Lord of the Rings, sport peace-building or are interested in hot, sweaty feminism, the latest in innovative research will be showcased here. This unique event brings together research work from all faculties and schools under one roof.

Once again, Libraries and Cultural Resources is helping to share the Undergraduate Research Symposium with as wide an audience as possible. On the day of the symposium, and throughout the following day, the two enormous media walls of the Taylor Family Digital Library’s first and second floors will be devoted to a rotating digital display of URS posters.

The symposium provides a great networking venue for student researchers and a chance to meet a number of professional researchers. A number of Calgary research firms and research institutions are being invited to the event and explore a broad range of research being undertaken by undergrads. More than 80 topics are featured and will be judged by 33 faculty and staff from across campus.

The university has a strong reputation as an academic leader in research with a goal to be one of Canada’s top five research universities. This exciting event celebrates the research work of undergraduate students.

“The SU is committed to continuing its tradition of showcasing research from undergraduate students,” said Kenya-Jade Pinto, SU’s vice-president (academic). “By hosting events like this, we encourage and reward undergraduate research. We are always looking for opportunities to improve and grow this important event, and the expanding the list of awards has been one way we’ve been able to accomplish that.”

A list of donors for awards can be found online.

The event will take place in MacEwan Hall A and B Nov. 29th from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. All students, staff, faculty and community members are encouraged to see this one-of-a-kind academic event on campus. Winners will be announced in the first week of December.