LAUNCH: Undergraduate Research held its first-ever Undergraduate Research Scholars Symposium in the Memorial Student Center on the campus of Texas A&M University on Feb. 28.
The symposium featured both poster and oral presentations in a variety of disciplines by undergraduate researchers who participate in the LAUNCH Undergraduate Research Scholars (URS) thesis program. The program provides undergraduates with a graduate student experience by allowing them to participate in research, produce a professional document and communicate their findings as principal authors to the university’s scholarly community.
The symposium also served as the first of many events to come for LAUNCH’s new Academy of Undergraduate Researchers Across Texas, a community of elite student researchers from the state’s two flagship universities, Texas A&M and the University of Texas at Austin. The academy aims to strengthen the visibility of undergraduate research in Texas by providing these exceptional students with networking opportunities, the chance to hone their professional skills, and a venue to discuss the importance of undergraduate research and the impact it has on their lives.
LAUNCH URS Symposium fulfills the URS thesis program requirement for students to do a public presentation and offers them a chance to receive constructive feedback on their research projects and presentation skills. Faculty, staff, post-docs and graduate students attend both oral and poster presentations as active listeners and provide feedback on research projects and presentation skills.
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