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Undergraduate Symposia to Highlight Research, Creativity During Academic Year
It has been a year like no other and the Spring 2021 research symposia will reflect the persistence and creativity exhibited by undergraduate students and their mentors during the 2020-21 school year.
The symposia will feature research, scholarly and creative work presentations, poster sessions and exhibitions planned by schools, colleges and departments across campus to celebrate undergraduate student accomplishments. During the events, students will share their faculty-mentored work and engage in fascinating discussions with their fellow students and mentors.
This year’s symposia will be virtual—another example of the innovative ways students have adapted to the pandemic.
“Students have moved their work forward in truly difficult circumstances amidst the global pandemic and nationwide social injustices,” says Kate Hanson, director of the Syracuse Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Engagement (The SOURCE). “Beyond this, research plans were adapted to suit remote and virtual work, COVID restrictions, cancelled plans and revised timelines.
“Students adapted in wonderfully innovative ways: reviewing lab data at home from their laptops, visiting archives digitally, conducting interviews via Zoom, modifying physical design work with new software, planning filming amidst social distancing and masking, and so much more,” Hanson adds. “Faculty mentors continued to generously guide and support the students amidst their own research and teaching disruptions.”
The entire campus community is invited to attend the events, which will continue April 30 and run through May 17.
“The end-of-year presentations are all in virtual spaces, and we hope that the campus community will support them by attending and learning more about the exciting discoveries and progress made by our outstanding students,” Hanson says.
A complete list of the programs with event and registration details can be found here (please check back for updated registration information).
Here are the remaining events for this year with registration links (the iSchool Research Symposium was held April 9):
- McNair Scholars Research Symposium: April 30 and May 7, 12:30-4:45 p.m. ET. Updated information will be posted here.
- Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Research Festival: April 30, 9-11 a.m. ET. Use this link to access the Gather.town site the day of the festival and read more about Gather.town and the innovative work that will be highlighted at the festival.
- SOURCE Research Symposium: The schedule of presenters is here and registration for each Zoom session here: May 3, 3-6 p.m. ET; May 4 for Group A and Group B, 6-8:30 p.m. ET; May 5, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. ET; and May 6, 1-4 p.m. ET.
- School of Architecture Thesis Events: Thesis Reviews May 3 and May 4 (updated information will be posted here); Thesis Awards Jury Discussion and Prizes May 21 (updated information will be posted here).
- Falk Student Research Celebration: May 4 through May 7 (asynchronous). Updated information will be posted here.
- Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Academic Year REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) Symposium: 9 a.m.-noon ET May 12 (RSVP to Chelsea Bouldin at email@example.com to receive the Zoom link to attend the virtual symposium). This annual symposium recognizes the participation of Elite Scholars in research programs on and off campus.
- Renée Crown University Honors Program Thesis Presentation Day: May 17, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. ET . Updated information will be posted here.
- Maxwell School Celebration of Undergraduate Scholarship: May 17, 3-5 p.m. ET . Updated information will be posted here.