RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) – Get your thinking caps on and your creative juices flowing as the ninth annual Symposium for Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity is scheduled for the end of the month.

It’s not your run-of-the-mill symposium. Sponsored by the Office of Undergraduate Education, the symposium is an opportunity for students in all disciplines, including arts, humanities, business, sciences and engineering, to present their faculty-mentored projects to an audience of peers, faculty, and administrators.

The two-day symposium is scheduled for April 28 & 29 – it will be located on the 3rd floor of the HUB. Presentations will be made from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., an award ceremony recognizing the best oral and poster presentations will take place at the end of the symposium.

“I’m looking forward to the symposium, and the chance to present my work to a scholarly audience,” said Alexis Dennis. She is one of 136 students participating in this year’s symposium. A senior majoring in English and minoring in education, her research is focused on author Sylvia Plath. As Dennis uncovers the strong correlation between Plath’s own life and her characters in various published work, she also goes on to prove that Plath uses personal childhood memories in her work – meaning ultimately it can be considered biographical.

“Very often people assume that research can’t be done in the English field, that research can only be science-related, but that’s not the case,” she explained. Dennis’ research is titled, “The Repurposing of Childhood Memory in the Creation of Identity in Sylvia Plath’s Fictive and Non-Fictive Literature.”

Student presents research to an audience member.

Student presents research to an audience member.

Gladis Herrera-Berkowitz the director of Student Success Programs in the Office of Undergraduate Education, said, “The Undergraduate Research Symposium is an important venue that highlights faculty-mentored research, scholarly, and creative work conducted by undergraduates on our campus.” She noted that they are doing things a little differently by adding professional development workshops that will help students understand how to get involved in research and optimize their educational experiences.

The workshop schedule is as follows:

  • Tuesday, April 28:
    • 10 a.m. – Going Global: Finding International Research Opportunities
    • 11 a.m. – Become a Cultural Ambassador through the Fulbright Program
    • 2 p.m. – Introduction to National Prestigious Scholarships and Awards
    • 3 p.m. – The Nuts and Bolts of Applying to Graduate School
    • 4 p.m. – Using the UCR Undergraduate Research Portal
  • Wednesday, April 29:
    • 9 a.m. – R’Courses: Extending and Sharing your research through Democratic Education
    • 10 a.m. – Applying for a Goldwater Scholarship
    • 1:30 p.m. – Using the UCR Research Portal
    • 2 p.m. – Working Scholars: Pursuing Academic Study and Professional Engagement through Internships

For more information, visit: http://ugr.ucr.edu/symposium/

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