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LAUNCH to Hold 2-Day Blended Research Expo Oct. 5-6

Published on 9/30/2021 9:56:05 AM
By Sydnie Harrell, Office of Undergraduate Studies at Texas A&M University

For the fifth annual Undergraduate Research Expo, LAUNCH is expanding the event from one to two days and will offer in-person and virtual events.
 
“With the uncertainties of the pandemic still looming, we designed two days of events with in-person and virtual events,” LAUNCH: Undergraduate Research Associate Director Dr. Sarah Misemer said. “We wanted to be sure to allow options for students depending on their ability to be in-person and their location [as] we anticipate attendance by students from our Qatar, Galveston, McAllen, and School of Dentistry campuses.”
 
The in-person event, a resource fair with research opportunities, will take place on Oct. 5 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. in MSC 2300 A. During the fair, colleges, departments, and units will have resource tables with information on their research opportunities. Virtual events will make up the rest of the expo; they will consist of live panels, posters, and other web content. These will take place on both Oct. 5 and 6, and student registration is required for live panels.
 
“The resource fair and research opportunities will provide students with information on how they can maximize their experiences with collaborators such as Education Abroad or find scholarships through our partnership with Texas Sea Grant and plug into other great research settings on campus,” Misemer said.
 
One of the groups participating in the expo, the Aggie Research Program (ARP), will be exhibiting the asynchronous ARP Presentation Showcase. The ARP follows the “Research-Intensive Community Model” which was developed to provide opportunities for graduate students and postdoctoral researchers to work with undergraduate students.
 
“The Aggie Research Program provides research leadership and mentoring training to graduate students, post-doc fellows, and junior faculty at Texas A&M,” ARP Director Andrew McNeely said. “We invite anyone working on research at the university to register their project with us to create a team-based opportunity for undergraduates.”
 
The ARP research posters will reflect a culmination of projects members have taken part in this fall. Since the projects are accepted from across the university and each of them has a different timeline, McNeely said that they will reflect a variety of work.
 
“The posters will provide an incredibly diverse look at different types of research questions, methods, and findings,” McNeely said. “In addition to the breadth of research being done at Texas A&M, students should walk away from the showcase convinced that no matter their field or experience, they can be a part of a rewarding research experience too.”
 
Other presenters in the research expo include virtual content from the National Laboratories Office (NLO) and LAUNCH Undergraduate Research Ambassadors and live panels from the TAMU School of Law, Aggie Creative Collective, and Explorations: The Texas A&M Undergraduate Journal. Students, faculty, and staff can find more information about the Undergraduate Research Expo, including panel registration and the event schedule online.
 
“[Expanding the expo] was a great idea that both accommodates the needs of the attendees and participants, as well as allows us to try different formats for presentations,” McNeely said. “Being able to safely include as many people as possible is a primary concern for all [of] us, and we’re glad to be able to provide this opportunity.”


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Media Contact: Anna Transue, transuea@tamu.edu