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Office of Undergrad Research calls for abstracts

The Lamar University Office of Undergraduate Research is calling for abstracts for the first Undergraduate Research Expo to be held on April 7. The expo will be held in the University Reception Center on the eighth floor of the Mary and John Gray Library from 11:30 a.m.- 3 p.m. Abstracts are due by midnight on March 21.

“We believe that student research presentations provide an important opportunity for students to share findings with other undergraduates and faculty members,” said Kumer Das, director of the Office of Undergraduate Research. “This annual event will recognize and promote student scholarly activities in research and creative production and celebrate collaboration among faculty and students within and across disciplines.”

Abstracts can be sent via email to calen.brice@lamar.edu or kumer.das@lamar.edu or submitted online at https://forms.lamar.edu/undergraduate-research/submit-abstract.php. Abstracts should be a maximum of 250 words and include a title, methodology, data collection if applicable, results of the study if completed, the conclusions and implications of the study and the student’s preference of poster or oral presentation. Applicants will be notified of acceptance by March 28.

The Expo is open to all undergraduate students wishing to make presentations. The Expo will also include presentations from the 10 recently announced Office of Undergraduate Research grant recipients for 2014.

“Many students from different disciplines have talked with me,” Das said. “We expect to receive abstracts from all disciplines.”

The Expo will be open to the public, including students from area high schools and will feature remarks from Kenneth Evans, LU president, and Steve Doblin LU provost. The keynote address will be delivered by Ana Christensen, associate professor of marine biology.

According to Das, Christensen was chosen because of her extraordinary academic credentials and long-standing research activities with undergraduate students.

For more information on the Undergraduate Research Expo, contact Kumer Das at kumer.das@lamar.edu.