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Undergraduate Research Symposium

Friday, May 21, noon-5 p.m.
Mary Gates Hall

At the Undergraduate Research Symposium
At the Undergraduate Research Symposium

Ranked 16th by the 2009 Academic Ranking of World Universities, the University of Washington should be proud—but for students involved in research, the benefit of this ranking is more than a status symbol. The faculty whose research pulls the UW up in rankings with their revolutionary work are the same faculty mentoring undergraduates participating in the 13th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium.

By attending the symposium, the public can learn about and discuss a diverse range of topics. Evan Carlos, a senior in biology and communication, will present his project, "Retrograde Neuronal Tracing to Map Serotonergic Neurons Projecting from the Dorsal Raphe Nucleus to the Dorsal Striatum." If this sounds like a daunting topic—don’t worry. The students have practiced and will benefit from the opportunity to present their work in a professional and accessible manner. Interested in the arts? Brittney Patterson, a senior in economics, will present "Bachata: A Dominican Dance Style Influenced by a Growing Telecommunications Industry."  Or perhaps your interest lies in renewable energy? Noah Horwitz, a senior in chemistry and Washington Research Foundation Fellow, has been working with Professor David Ginger to develop an economically viable and efficient way to generate electricity from sunlight and will present this in "Built-in Field Measurements of Polymer Photovoltaic Devices." Through poster and presentation sessions, the event is a forum for students, faculty and the community to discuss cutting-edge research topics and examine the connection between research and education.

The symposium includes projects from all disciplines and encourages interdisciplinary discourse, allowing students to learn from each other about a broad range of exciting research topics. To help participants prepare, the Undergraduate Research Program conducts symposium abstract writing workshops, poster design and presentation workshops.

If you are interested in volunteering at the symposium, please contact the Undergraduate Research Program at urp@u.washington.edu.

As one of the best research universities in the world, our undergraduates are presented a unique opportunity to work alongside researchers at the forefront of their lives.

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