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April 28, 2011
By Tiffany Moore
At the end of each spring semester, recipients of the Honors Undergraduate Research Award and the General Undergraduate Research Award, along with any other interested students on campus, create posters that present the process and results of their research. This year, 44 students at the University of Nevada, Reno showcased their research and work at the Undergraduate Research Poster Conference on Wednesday, April 20.
“The projects are all over the map,” said Michael Collopy, the assistant vice president for research at the University. “Typically, we have students from all colleges on campus.”
The poster conference is the last stage of an ongoing program built to help students learn how to request finances to fund the research, and the process of completing the research. Students write a proposal, get funding, work closely with mentors and create a presentation.
International affairs major Jenna Fox, a recipient of the Honors award, used the funding to research “The Politics of State Response to HIV in three African Countries.”
“I definitely needed to learn how to present in a way that people could quickly grasp the concept,” she said about her experience with the program. “The conference was a wonderful occasion for the undergraduate students to present their research to their peers.”
“It’s a great opportunity for students to learn what it’s like to do research in their area,” Collopy said. “It engages students in doing research with faculty members, enhancing the experience, and it enhances the reputation of the University through graduation rates and real contributions to various fields.”