UT’s Research Week Begins Friday, April 10

Research Week LogoUT will celebrate the sixth annual Undergraduate Research Week April 10-18 with a series of events centered around research, art and scholarship from undergraduate students across campus.

Sponsored by the Office of Undergraduate Research, this weeklong event gives students an opportunity to showcase their own work and learn how to become further engaged in the university’s research community.

“The number of undergraduates interested in conducting research is growing nationwide as well as here at UT,” said Marisa Moazen, director of undergraduate research. “Research Week provides us the opportunity to highlight and showcase the research activities of our students.”

The week kicks off with the Sixth Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium in Hodges Library. Students are given 15 minutes to present their research and conduct a question-and-answer session. A schedule of the presentations is posted on the Undergraduate Research Student Association website.

Every year, the highlight of Research Week is the Exhibition of Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement (EURēCA). This year, the event will be held April 13-15 on the first and second floor of Hodges Library, where students will display their research posters and creative works.

On Wednesday, April 15, students, faculty, staff and members of the public are welcome to view research projects and have a photo taken with Smokey between 10:00 and 11:00 a.m.

The week concludes Saturday, April 18, with two symposia on science, technology, engineering and mathematics: the Women in STEM Research Symposium for Undergraduate and Graduate Student Researchers, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the University Center, and the Big Orange STEM Symposium, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in Hodges Library.

Scheduled among these larger events are several workshops, lectures, and symposia designed to enhance the undergraduate research experience at UT.

“Participating in undergraduate research allows students to form faculty mentoring relationships, clarify academic and career goals, enhance classroom learning, and improve communication, critical thinking and problem-solving skills. We are building a program where all UT students who want to participate in research or creative activity will have that opportunity,” said Moazen.

A full calendar of events can be found online.

CONTACT:

Erin Chapin (865-974-2187, erin.chapin@utk.edu)