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UCR Lands Next Year's Student Research Conference

UC Riverside To Host Southern California Conference for Undergraduate Research in 2005

Conference Brings Top Undergraduates to Campus

(December 13, 2004)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( -- UC Riverside has been selected as the host of the 2005 Southern California Conference for Undergraduate Research (SCCUR), scheduled for Nov. 19, 2005. This 13th annual conference will draw students and their faculty mentors from over 90 different colleges and universities in the southwest region and nation-wide.

“Students doing interesting research gather to display and discuss their projects in the humanities, arts and sciences, creating a community of scholars that are then more likely to continue their academic progress,” said Chris Foster, Director of Undergraduate Research at the Bourns College of Engineering. “This is a great outreach opportunity to spotlight UC Riverside students, faculty and facilities to a large group of the nation’s top students and their faculty mentors.”

Foster pointed out that many of these students plan to go on to graduate school, and may consider applying to UCR as a result of this experience. “These are exactly the kinds of students that UCR would like to recruit,” he said.

The conference, which will be organized jointly by the UCR Office of Research, the office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Academic Programs, the Graduate Division, and the campus academic colleges, includes oral and poster presentations of original research, scholarly activities, and creative endeavors. There will also be a keynote address, faculty-led roundtable discussions at the lunch hour, and a reception.

Through such activities, the SCCUR hopes to provide ample opportunities for students to share information across disciplinary boundaries. Students present their work either in 15-minute formal panel presentations chaired by faculty members, in poster form, or in performance. The conference seeks to provide conditions similar to professional meetings, and many undergraduate scholars use SCCUR as a "first conference" experience, going on to present their work at national professional meetings.

The SCCUR conference is the largest conference for undergraduates in Southern California. Last fall UC Irvine hosted the conference and had a turnout of 1,000 students and faculty mentors. Other hosts have included the California Institute of Technology, the Claremont Colleges, and UCLA.

The SCCUR is affiliated with the National Conference on Undergraduate Research. For questions contact



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