UTSA undergraduate research and creative inquiry showcase April 21
By Sarah Hada
Communications Coordinator, UTSA Research
(April 20, 2016) -- The UTSA Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) will host its third annual Undergraduate Research & Creative Inquiry Showcase at 10 a.m. on April 21 in the Convocation Center on the UTSA Main Campus. The event highlights undergraduate research and creative endeavors from across all disciplines; hundreds of students are expected to present their work.
“Undergraduate research presents a transformational educational experience for students at UTSA," said Donovan Fogt, director of the UTSA Office of Undergraduate Research. "Beginning in their freshman year, we help students connect with research opportunities such as internships, lab placements, work study and scholarships."
"With this annual showcase, the students are given an opportunity to develop their critical and independent thinking, creativity and problem-solving skills," Fogt added. "What makes this showcase different is the peer review of undergraduate research by fellow undergraduates. It’s a fun, dynamic event that makes research interesting and engaging.”
Learning outside the lecture halls and classrooms has an unparalleled impact on academic and professional development. Students learn to distill their research in a way that the everyday person can understand. For many, this is the first time they are presenting and interacting with others regarding their research. They hone their presentation and conversational skills that easily transfer outside the academic world.
Fellow students are encouraged to visit and learn, and can respond in turn. Free t-shirts will be given out to UG visitors that critique student presentations randomly assigned by event staff. All are invited for lunch at noon.
Faculty also plays a critical role in the academic and professional development of student researchers. The Office of Undergraduate Research recognizes two outstanding faculty research mentors each year. This year’s Faculty Service to Undergraduate Research and Creative Inquiry Awardees are: Matthew Gdovin of the College of Sciences and Azza Kamal from the College of Architecture, Construction and Planning.
For more information, visit research.utsa.edu/showcase.
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