Undergrad research conference coming to Utah State

A wintery picture of Utah State University's Old Main, as shared on the university's Facebook page

LOGAN – Friday, Feb. 7, 650 student attendees will converge on the Utah State University campus to share their research.

USU Research Vice President Lisa Berreau said this 14th Annual Utah Conference on Undergraduate Research (UCUR) allows students to present their findings and interact with peers.

”This gives the students an opportunity to gain new perspectives on their research,” Berreau said, “and to share their passions, because often times the students have been working on these projects for many months or even years.

“And it allows the students to be able to show off what they’re learning and share how the research might be moving forward.”

Dr. Berreau said events will be underway all day at both the Taggart Student Center and the Eccles Conference Center and will draw college students from all over Utah.

”Our biggest contingent is coming from BYU with over 300 students. Also there are over 100 students coming from Utah Valley University. USU is contributing 129 students as well as over 100 volunteers to help with the event.”

This conference was founded 14 years ago by current USU Professor Joyce Kinkead to mimic a national conference and to promote undergraduate research. It is believed to be one of the only research conferences in the country founded by a woman.

Keynote speaker will be USU Biological Engineering faculty member Dr. Elizabeth Vargis. Current USU President Noelle Cockett gave the keynote address at the first UCUR conference in 2007 and she will welcome attendees on Friday.

This conference rotates locations around the state and USU hosts every seven years.

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