Research Week showcases students’ work
Celebrates collaboration between faculty
Photo by Andrew Shurtleff
| Undergraduate students work on a lab project in Gilmer Hall.
By Matt Kelly
Student research will be the topic, starting March 29, when
the University launches its second annual Research Week.
During the week, winners will be announced for 40 Harrison
undergraduate research awards, five Kenan awards for
research on the Academical Village and eight “Double ’Hoo” awards
for research teams of graduate and undergraduate students. The Undergraduate
Research Mentoring Award will be given to a professor demonstrating commitment
to mentoring undergraduate research.
“Research plays to the strength of the University,” said Nicole F.
Hurd, assistant dean of the Center
of Undergraduate Excellence. “We are
a major research University with an intimate learning environment.”
Since the introduction of the Harrison Awards five years ago, Hurd said
students have become better candidates for fellowships, graduate and professional
school admissions, and career placement.
has been opening doors and advancing students in meaningful
said. In the past five years, undergraduate research has tripled, according
to Hurd. Much of that is paid for by the students themselves.
One of the strengths of the University is how many students are pursuing research
regardless of funding,” Hurd said.
Many of the research projects are based in the humanities.
many of our peer institutions, U.Va. has a large number of
students doing research in the humanities and social sciences,” she said. “We have
had more Harrison Awards given out for humanities research than for the hard
Several undergraduates will present their findings at the
Undergraduate Research Symposium on Thursday, from 10
a.m. to 4 p.m., in Newcomb
Hall. Topics include “Video
Surveillance and the Privacy Arms Race,” “Determinations of Foreign
Direct Investment Flow in China,” and “Protecting the Displaced Children
Along the Thailand-Burma Border.”
Graduate students will hold a research symposium, too, at
Newcomb Hall, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday.
Week is a chance to showcase on-going research and a chance
for students and faculty to seek out new opportunities,” Hurd said.
Week events also include:
to Get Involved with Research in the Science and Engineering
student panel discussion, Monday, 5 p.m., Science and Engineering
•“Faculty Reflections on Research in Science, Nursing and Engineering,” a
discussion by Ann G. Taylor, director of the Center for the Study of Complementary
and Alternative Therapies at the School of Nursing; Robert G. Kelly, associate
professor at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering; and Peter C.
Brunjes, associate dean for graduate studies and research, Monday, 6:30 p.m.,
Science and Engineering Library.
• A fireside chat with award-winning historian and
College of Arts & Sciences
Dean Edward L. Ayers, who will discuss his Civil War research and how to be involved
in humanities research, Tuesday, 6:30 p.m., Science and Engineering Library.
• A release party for the Oculus, a publication of
undergraduate research, on Wednesday, 4 p.m., Clemons