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Undergraduate Research Symposium
Thursday, April 9, 2015

The Penn State Research and Scholarship Committee is working to coordinate the 2015 Penn State Lehigh Valley Undergraduate Research Symposium which will take place during the spring 2015 semester. Listed below is updated information that the committee would like to to share with you so you and your students can prepare and participate in this scholarly activity.

Date of Event

The date has been set for Thursday, April 9, 2015.

Eligible Projects

Poster sessions will display research completed by students in all disciplines. The following academic research projects completed since the end of the spring 2014 semester are eligible:

  • Independent research or research-based course projects
  • Honors research projects
  • Traditional course-related projects that require significant research

Judging Categories

There are two judging categories:

  • Arts and Humanities (including Behavioral Science such as Business Studies and Economics)
  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics)

Information for Students

Poster guidelines, judging criteria, and the judging rubric have been updated. Visit the Judging Criteria site to assist you and your students in meeting evaluation components.

Submission Information

The deadline for submitting an abstract to participate in this even is Friday, March 6, 2015. Dr. Lakshmi Iswara will be acting as the point person for abstract submission, all abstracts should be sent to her directly via email at lui2@psu.edu.

Judge Solicitation and Responsibilities

Dr. Todd Retzlaff will  be acting as the point person for judge solicitation and responsibilities.

Speaker Information

This event's speaker is sponsored by the Penn State Faculty Invitational Lecture Series. You and your students will not want to miss this!

The featured speaker will be:

Cecelia J. Cavanaugh, SSJ, Ph.D.
Dean, School of Undergraduate Studies
Chestnut Hill College

Poetic Imagination, Aesthetic Emotion and Building Bridges between the Sciences and Humanities: Lessons for Spain's Residencia de estudiantes

Abstract: The interdisciplinary atmosphere created and fostered in the Residencia de Estudiantes in Madrid, Spain in the early twentieth century produced important research and scholarship across the disciplines and formed some of Spain´s most important intelligentsia. My talk will consider the principles inherent in its founding and the philosophy at work in its day-to-day operations by celebrating the genius of a Residencia faculty member, the scientist Pío del Río-Hortega and one of its most famous residentes, the poet Federico García Lorca.  I hope to show how each, in his approach to his craft and in his attitude to the disciplines of others, exemplified the “bridge building” expressed as one of the goals of the Residencia by its founders.

Regional Competition

Students who win at the local level will be invited to compete at the regional level. If said participants agree to move upward in the competition, their projects will be entered in the Fifth Annual Penn State Regional Undergraduate Research Symposium which will be held on Thursday, April 16, 2015 at Penn State Worthington-Scranton to showcase undergraduate research from the eastern region of Penn State (Abington, Brandywine, Hazleton, Lehigh Valley, Schuylkill, Wilkes-Barre, and Worthington-Scranton). Entries from other campuses also are welcome at this event. Dr. McLaughlin has been selected to serve on the 2015 Penn State Regional Undergraduate Research Symposium Steering Committee. If you have any questions about this event, please do not hesitate to contact her at jshea@psu.edu.

The Penn State Faculty Research & Scholarship Committee hope many students will present their undergraduate research at the April 9, 2015 event. Importantly, even if you are not mentoring an undergraduate research project, please take the time to engage your students in the research work of their peers by attending this event and celebrating the scholarly work of our students.

Additional Questions?

If you have any further questions at this juncture, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Daniel Jackson, Chair of the Penn State Lehigh Valley Research and Scholarship Committee.