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For the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic, the Symposium for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity returns to an all in-person event on Thursday, Aug. 10. The symposium runs from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Harker Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering (ISE) Lab, where oral presentations and poster sessions will fill the atrium and many classrooms as in this photo from 2017.

Aug. 10 symposium focuses on undergraduate research

After a summer of exploration, hundreds of students have stories to tell, insights to share, findings to celebrate.

On Thursday, Aug. 10, they will gather at the University of Delaware’s Patrick T. Harker Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering (ISE) Lab to present what they’ve done and what they’ve learned at the 2023 Symposium for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity.

The daylong event, hosted by UD’s Undergraduate Research Program, runs from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and includes oral presentations, poster sessions and many opportunities to meet other students, researchers, scholars and creative artists from all of UD’s colleges. A detailed schedule is available online. Registration is not required to attend, and lunch will be provided.

After several years of remote and hybrid presentations because of the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s event is all in-person.

The topics of study cover many disciplines, including fashion and design, music education, art, history, the brain and body, education, economics, injustice, power, psychology, the environment, public policy, visual communication, community engagement and interdisciplinary topics.

Scores of mentors and researchers have invested their expertise and helped to guide these studies, many with the support of grants from agencies including the National Science Foundation, NASA, the U.S. Department of Transportation, the Department of Energy and multiple research centers at UD. In addition, gifts from alumni and donors provide research funds for students.

Many students are part of UD’s Summer Scholars or Summer Fellows programs. Two dozen McNair Scholars are participating, and about 50 others are participating in projects through the Delaware IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) network.


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 Photo by Beth Miller.