7th Annual UAB Undergraduate Research Expo Seeks Student Presenters

By on March 17, 2014
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The construction of the First Autoimmune Network, Alabama HIV Status: Positive or Negative?,  A New Look for ELSP, The Examination of Self in Advanced Dementia are just a few of the projects that have presented at the UAB Expo over the years.

This spring, UAB’s office of Undergraduate Research is hosting the 7 annual UAB EXPO, providing students with a platform to showcase their research to the public.

The exposition is currently accepting submissions from all disciplines and all majors. It is looking for both oral and poster presentations dealing with research or creative topics. The submission deadline is March 21. UAB Expo will be held at the Campus Recreation Center April 11, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. First, second and third place will be awarded in each submission category.

Last year, over 300 students presented and showcased senior capstone projects, films, design projects, honors theses, creative writing, and bench research. Nick Bieser, Coordinator of Undergraduate Research, encourages student to submit the work to gain experience in presenting scholarly research and see what other students on campus are up to.

“The expo is an opportunity for all students to showcase their research and creative scholarly work, ranging from science and technology to art and film-making. It is a great opportunity for students to get experience presenting to a wide audience and is good practice for presenting at professional/academic conferences. Those not yet involved in research will discover that attending the Expo is a great way to learn about the broad range of opportunities available at UAB,” Bieser said.

Michael Saag will be this year’s keynote speaker and will presenting a talk titled “What is Translational Research? HIV is a prime example.”

Saag is a physician and researcher at UAB, as well as published author. He has recently completed “Positive,” a book on his research in the field of HIV/AIDS.

The expo will feature experts like Saag, along with other faculty and students, as a part of panel and discussion forum.

In addition to the UAB Expo, the Office for Undergraduate Research also hosts a Summer Expo each year in July. Last year’s summer expo was held on Thursday, July 25th at the Edge of Chaos. There were 65 poster presentations with 84 presenters. Roughly 130-150 people attended. Winners were announced in each category.

To submit a project, visit http://www.uab.edu/undergraduateresearch/uab-expo.

Guidelines are as followed:

1) All posters should be 48″ x 36″ however the maximum size allowed is 60″ x 40″. The students and/or their Department will be responsible for the printing of the posters.

2)  All oral and film presentations are allotted 15 minutes. This includes 10 minutes for the presentation and 5 minutes for questions.

For any questions, contact Nick Bieser at nbieser@uab.edu. Faculty members, graduate students, or postdocs are invited to judge.

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