URC 2000, an exposition of undergraduate research and creativity at the University of Rochester, heralds a new effort to highlight exceptional student work accomplished under the supervision of faculty advisers.
Opening Thursday afternoon, April 6, the Rochester Conference on Undergraduate Research and Creativity begins at 4:45 p.m. in the May Room of Wilson Commons with awards by students for Professor of the Year in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and engineering. A Roundtable Diversity Award also will be presented. At 5 p.m., James Longenbach, professor of English, will discuss the creative process. A reception will follow in the Bridge Lounge.
The program picks up Friday afternoon, April 7, with research presentations by more than 50 undergraduates representing about two dozen academic departments in the College and at the Medical Center. Poster sessions begin at 12:30 p.m. in the May Room, followed by oral presentations at 1:30 p.m. throughout Meliora Hall. Also at 1:30 p.m., the Department of Anthropology's annual research conference will convene in room 209 of the Computer Studies Building, and the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program presentations will start at 2 p.m. in room 207 of Schlegel Hall.
Steven Gregory, associate professor of anthropology and Africana Studies at New York University, will conclude the anthropology conference on "Culture and Community: Anthropology and the Public Interest" with a talk on globalization and how it conflicts with community-based struggles at 6 p.m. in room 2110D of Dewey Hall.
The idea for URC 2000, jointly sponsored by the College and Student Association Senate, grew from the success of last spring's National Conference on Undergraduate Research held on River Campus. The steering committee for URC 2000 includes Thomas Krugh, professor of chemistry; Kimberly Chesebrough, chair of the projects committee for Student Association Senate; and Robert Rouzer, director of student activities.
More information on the sessions is available on the Web at http://www.cugr.rochester.edu/cugr/URC_2000.html.