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Celebration of Undergraduate Research

The Celebration of Undergraduate Research is a research symposium held at UNC-Chapel Hill each April. The goal of the Celebration is to showcase and encourage meaningful UNC-Chapel Hill undergraduate research in all disciplines. Students can also use the Celebration as an opportunity to meet potential faculty advisors and find out about research opportunities at UNC-Chapel Hill. Please note that abstracts are due March 1 and can be submitted by clicking here.

The 19th Annual Celebration of Undergraduate Research at UNC-Chapel Hill will be held April 12, 2018, from 1:15-3:30 at the Frank Porter Graham Student Union. The Celebration is free, open to the public and registration is not required.

Undergraduate students present their research in concurrent poster and panel sessions from 1:15-2:15 and from 2:30-3:30, followed by a ceremony in the Student Union Auditorium honoring Carolina Research Scholars and best poster award winners.

Many of the sessions are organized around special topics, including:

    • Health & Well-Being: This session encompasses subjects relating to the biomedical and socio-cultural determinants and consequences of health and illness. This includes all stages of research on the human body; cell, molecular, and developmental biology; environmental determinants of disease; and diagnostics, therapies and treatments.
    • Diversity & Equity: This platform session will include research that relates to issues of access, fairness, and inclusion for all groups of people.
    • Environment: Does your research consider the physical world and/or how we relate to it? This panel will consider research relating to both the environment itself, including geology, zoology, botany, and similar research, as well as to human impact.
    • Fine Arts: Have you done research on dance, music, theater or art? This platform session will consider performance from a variety of places, times and cultures, as well as research that examines the creative arts.
    • Education: This platform discussion will focus on topics relating to education, including issues of access, organization and administration of school systems, achievement gaps, best practices in teaching, evaluation and assessment, and all aspects of learning.
    • The US & Foreign Relations: Are you studying how the United States interacts with other countries at a governmental or individual level? This platform session will include research on countries as well as international policy making. It also includes research that looks at US citizens in other countries or foreign citizens in the US, historically or now.

Check out the 2018 program! You can view a listing of all the posters and the panel presentations.

Abstracts of previous years’ research can be searched in this database of more than 800 abstracts, along with information about faculty advisors and other mentors.

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