April 10, 2013
UVa students presented their work as part of Research Week and learned more than just scientific discoveries.
The 13th annual Undergraduate Research Symposium took place Wednesday. Science and humanities students presented their findings, from how parasites affect bees, to how brain cells deteriorate as people age, to skin cancer treatment.
"Undergraduates from any discipline, year, or major at the University were encouraged to apply by submitting an abstract of their research project," said Sarah Smith, chair of UVa's Undergraduate Research Network.
UVa professors judged the presentations.
Organizers said the event not only offers the chance for prizes, research, and innovation, but also offers students interested in research a place to start.
"It's really promoting that flow from maybe not being so involved in undergrad research to getting really involved. And then, one day, they'll be presenting here," said Venkat Iyer, a chair of the Undergraduate Research Network Symposium.
Smith added that presenting their work to others lets students show what they did and interact with people, welcome after a usually insular research process.
Research Week events continue through Friday. To see the schedule, click here.
To check out the Undergraduate Research Network, click here.