This Friday, April 18 in the University Center’s Sunnen Lounge, a select group of Webster undergraduate students will give presentations on the research projects they have undertaken in collaboration with Webster faculty. The conference is the first of its kind at Webster and is meant to showcase the undergraduate research opportunities afforded at the University, as well as the hard work of the students featured.
Students were chosen to present at the conference based on the “their hard work and dedication to a research topic that contributes to a broad and meaningful field.”
“Our students deserve a lot of credit for developing and pursuing this ambitious goal,” said Eric Goedereis, assistant professor of psychology and academic director of gerontology.
The American Association of Colleges and Universities identifies both collaborative projects and undergraduate research as “high-impact educational practices,” meaning that studies suggest such endeavors help increase student retention, engagement, and learning.
“The College of Arts & Sciences is committed to providing students with cooperative and exploratory educational experiences,” said Dean David Carl Wilson. “’Taking the Lead’ will allow the Webster community to see the fruits of that commitment, and the high-quality work our students do in the classroom on a daily basis and across all our disciplines.”
The conference begins with opening remarks by Dean Wilson and Provost Julian Schuster, followed by student research presentations on topics as diverse as solid state chemistry to The Sun Also Rises. Refreshments will be provided throughout the day, and conference activities will wrap up at 3:15pm with an awards ceremony and a celebratory reception. All members of the Webster community are welcome to attend.
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