Colorado State University undergraduate students are invited to enter their research and creative work in a university-wide symposium to be held April 8.
The All-University Undergraduate Research and Creative Symposium is an opportunity for students to present their work to the university community and to receive scholarships and recognition for outstanding achievement. Undergraduates from every college are invited to enter research, creative work, and performing art pieces in the symposium. Interested students must submit an intent to participate form to their college representative by Feb. 22. The names of the representatives can be obtained by calling the dean’s office of each college.
"This symposium is unique because of its focus on undergraduate work," said Thomas Sneider, event coordinator. "The symposium shows that research and independent creative work are not only graduate and faculty activities, but are very much a part of undergraduate life at Colorado State."
Research projects may be entered by any student who is working on a faculty-mentored research project. A faculty committee will judge the research projects during the symposium. Creative and performing art pieces may be submitted by any undergraduate student. The pieces will be judged by a faculty committee, and selected works will be entered in the symposium. Students should register for the symposium through the representative of the college in which they are enrolled, even if the research project or creative work was done in a different college.
Entrants submitting work judged by faculty committees to be of highest distinction will receive plaques and $250 scholarships. Those submitting work judged to be of high distinction will win $125 scholarships. Individual colleges will also have the option to offer additional awards.
In addition, one $250 scholarship will be awarded to the student who enters a poster which is determined to most effectively communicate technical ideas in a way that is understandable to lay audiences. The winning poster in this category will be selected by a panel of media representatives.
This year will be the first year in which research will be showcased in conjunction with creative and performing art. Previously, the two areas had separate symposiums. This year’s symposium will include oral presentations, posters, videos and slides presented in the student center ballrooms, and an exhibit of studio art work displayed in the Curfman Gallery on campus.
For more information on the symposium or the entry process, call Thomas Sneider at (970) 491-6864, or visit the symposium web page at http://www.natsci.colostate.edu.