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Celebrate innovation and research: 2021 virtual Undergraduate Research Showcase

Somehow it is April again, and nothing excites the Boise State campus more than celebrating the groundbreaking research conducted by undergraduates from every discipline on campus. Boise State’s Undergraduate Research Showcase (URS) provides students from all disciplines the opportunity to share their ideas, discoveries, and creative scholarship with Boise State and beyond. Please join our innovators and researchers at the 2021 Virtual Undergraduate Research Showcase from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on April 23.

This week-long virtual event is a national celebration organized by the Council on Undergraduate Research to highlight undergraduate research efforts of students, faculty mentors, and supporting institutions. At Boise State, the event will feature 16 lightning talks and 162 digital posters representing the work of 300 undergraduate students who were mentored and supported by over 90 faculty.

First held in 2003, the conference has grown to include participants from all colleges and disciplines at Boise State. This year’s URS is a virtual event, and will include student lightning talks and a virtual poster symposium with opportunities for each student presenter to give an elevator pitch of their research poster. The event is made possible through the efforts of the Office of Undergraduate Research and the campus-wide URS planning committee of dedicated faculty and staff co-chaired by Donna Llewellyn, Institute for Inclusive and Transformative Scholarships (IFITS) executive director, and Michal Temkin Martinez, an associate professor in the Department of English.

“The Undergraduate Research Showcase gives the campus the opportunity to recognize and celebrate the amazing scholarly and creative work of our students. Especially after the past difficult year, it is incredibly uplifting to see what our students have accomplished and to hear them describe the research process in their own words. Please come and help share in their joy and applaud them for how far they have come along on their journeys,” Llewellyn said.

Visit the URS website for up-to-date information about the event including zoom links for the synchronous plenary lightning talks and poster session breakout rooms and for the link to site housing all of the student posters (which will open on April 21). Also check out the site for a form for undergraduates to register to win a donated iPad (must be present at the closing session to win).