Research in the Capitol

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Every other April when the NC General Assembly is in session, 60-100 students from 16 campuses of the University of North Carolina system travel to Raleigh to showcase and discuss their research experiences with North Carolina legislators. The next “Research in the Capitol” symposium is tentatively scheduled for 2015.

UNC-Chapel Hill participants for the 5th “Research in the Capitol” symposium in 2011 (there was no symposium in 2013):

  •  Eva Archer (Chemistry) Structure of the RNA Genome of the Satellite Tobacco Mosaic Virus
  • Glenn McLaurin (Public Policy) Does economic distress affect a county or municipalitys economic development incentive granting practices?
  • Kavya Sekar (Anthropology) Biocultural Influences on Infant Feeding Among African American Mothers
  • Samantha Surles (Public Policy) Evaluating Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG) Allocation Schemes

The first such multi-campus symposium in 2001 involved four UNC system schools and was organized by the Office for Undergraduate Research at UNC-Chapel Hill. Since that time, the symposium has been organized by the UNC Undergraduate Research Consortium with support from the UNC General Administration. The goals of the symposium are to highlight the important role of original student research, scholarship and creative performance in undergraduate education, and the ensuing benefits to the state. 


 Photo courtesy of Rebecca Kirkland