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University Of Virginia Hosts International Undergraduate Research Conference

April 4, 2005 --

To view a schedule of the presentations and/or if you need further information regarding this event, please visit the News section of the Office of the Vice President and Provost Web site address: http://www.virginia.edu/provost/.

Three University of Virginia undergraduates will be among 32 international researchers from 12 colleges presenting their work attheUniversitas 21 Undergraduate Research Conference (URC) at U.Va. April 6 through 8.

Sponsored by the office of the vice president and provost and the Center for Undergraduate Excellence, the conference will be held at the Mary and David Harrison Institute for American History, Literature and Culture/the Albert H. and Shirley Small Special Collections Library.

The conference, the first time U.Va. has hosted a gathering of undergraduate researchers from U21, will provide a venue for undergraduate students from around the globe to share the breadth and depth of their unique research projects to an audience of peers, faculty, and mentors as well as the larger community.  It also gives students an opportunity to practice their presentation skills.

Presenting for U.Va. will be Catherine S. Neale, a history and American studies major as well as the University’s most recent Truman Scholarship winner, who has researched slavery at the University; Jalan Mandi Washington, an interdisciplinary human biology major, who will present a paper on “Intersection of Biology and Society: Differential Responses to the HIV and AIDS Syndemic in Uganda and the U.S.”; and Yogesh Surendranath , a biochemisty and physics major,  chair of U.Va.’s Undergraduate Research Network, two-time recipient of the Harrison Undergraduate Research Award  and a 2004 Goldwater Scholar,  who will present “Synthesis and Reactivity of 2-Diazine Tungsten (0) Complexes.”

Vice President and Provost Gene D. Block will address conference participants at a private reception on Wednesday evening. Vice President of Research R. Ariel Gomez will address the conference attendees at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, and University President John T. Casteen III will address the delegates at 8:30 a.m. Friday.

The research presentations have been broken down into four categories: public health and medical ethics; biology and medical science, both of which will be presented on Thursday and social sciences and humanities; and chemistry, biomedical engineering and physics, which will be presented on Friday.

Undergraduate researchers will present their findings for 12 minutes each, with an additional three minutes for questions, in the Harrison/Small auditorium. Among the topics that will be presented are: “Welcome to the Anti-Revolution: The Brazilian Draft Resolution on Human Rights and Sexual Orientation”, “It’s Our Dragon: Community, Memory and Identity in the Golden Dragon Museum of Chinese History, Bendigo (Victoria, Australia)”, “Was She or Wasn't She?: Rape as a Patriarchal Shift in the Story of Dinah”, and “Acute Alcohol Intoxification: Effects on balance and oculomotor functions in healthy human beings.”

Universitas 21was established in 1997 as an international network of research-intensive universities to facilitate collaboration and cooperation among the member institutions. U21 has 17 member universities in nine countries. U.Va., which joined the consortium in  2001,  is the lone U.S. member of the consortium.

To view a schedule of the presentations and/or if you need further information regarding this event, please visit the News section of the Office of the Vice President and Provost Web site address: http://www.virginia.edu/provost/.

Contacts: Denise I. Karaoli, (434) 924-6748 or Nicole F. Hurd, (434) 924-6082

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Contact the Office of University Relations at (434) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (434) 924-7550.

SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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