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2021 Undergraduate Research Scholars Symposium

Published on 2/9/2021 9:34:43 AM
By LAUNCH: Undergraduate Research, Unit of Undergraduate Studies, Texas A&M University

COLLEGE STATION, Feb. 11, 2021 – On Wednesday, February 24, 2021, LAUNCH: Undergraduate Research will kick off the fourth annual Undergraduate Research Scholars Symposium. This year the event will be virtual and hosted on the ForagerOne-Symposium platform. The Virtual LAUNCH URS Symposium will be open and available to the Texas A&M campus community until March 3, 2021.

The Virtual URS Symposium showcases undergraduate researchers in the LAUNCH Undergraduate Research Scholars (URS) thesis program. The Undergraduate Research Scholars (URS) thesis program provides undergraduates with a graduate student experience by allowing them to participate in research, produce a professional document, and communicate their findings as principal authors to the university's scholarly community.

This virtual venue also fulfills the URS thesis program requirement for students to do a public presentation and also offers them a chance to receive constructive feedback on their research projects and presentation skills. There are no judges or prizes at the URS Symposium. We are giving students a place to practice, share new knowledge with the campus community, and receive comments to help them improve their projects and presentation skills—and this year they are even learning to do it in a new virtual environment.

Students will present on camera and provide a video of their research presentation. Each presentation will be 10 minutes maximum. Students may also prepare supplemental materials such as a poster PDF, PowerPoint Slides, or an embedded video (of a performance, creative artifact, etc.) to accompany their research presentation.

Virtual presentations will be attended by faculty, staff, post-docs, and graduate students who have been invited to be active listeners and provide feedback on research projects and presentation skills.

Undergraduate students in LAUNCH: Honors and LAUNCH: Learning Communities programs will visit presentations and will be assigned reflection activities to help them discover their own research interests and develop their communication skills. Volunteers for the LAUNCH URS Symposium will include the LAUNCH Undergraduate Research Ambassadors, Explorations Student Board Members, and LAUNCH staff members.

Undergraduate students from all disciplines are encouraged to attend the LAUNCH URS Symposium to learn more about how to get involved in research at Texas A&M University.
The Virtual URS Symposium is free and open to the university's scholarly community.

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Media contacts:
  • Dr. Sarah M. Misemer, Associate Director for Undergraduate Research, LAUNCH, and Full Professor of Hispanic Studies,
  • Annabelle G. Aymond ’14, Program Coordinator for Undergraduate Research, LAUNCH,