The 24th annual Miami University Undergraduate Research Forum (URF) was held on April 25 at Shriver Center. The event celebrated the scholarly and creative accomplishments of Miami students, who have worked alongside their dedicated faculty and graduate student mentors.
- 330 unique presentations were made at the forum, which included 278 poster presentations and 52 oral presentations.
- A total of 570 undergraduates were involved in the work that was presented.
- 147 faculty members from across the institution sponsored the presentations
- 123 graduate students mentors were represented.
At a luncheon, President Greg Crawford congratulated the student researchers, and Provost Phyllis Callahan highlighted the significant learning outcomes that are at the core of a research experience.
Notable among the many outstanding student presentations were “poster clusters” from the following programs:
- The newly redesigned First Year Research Experience (FYRE) program, which is taught as a 2-semester sequence of UNV171 and UNV 172 | Mentors: Kate de Medeiros, Mark Krekeler, and Joyce Fernandes
- Nursing | Mentor: Eliad Musallam
- Global Health Studies | Mentors: Cameron Hay-Rollins and Paul Flaspohler
- Bridges Scholars | Mentor: Monica Adkins
An interesting trend is that students are seeking involvement in projects outside of their major/divisional affiliation, emphasizing the appeal of interdisciplinary perspectives, and the availability of such opportunities through dedicated and creative research mentors.
Miami’s Office of Research for Undergraduates (ORU), a sponsor of the URF, encourages student presenters to continue the dissemination of their work by archiving them in University Libraries’ Scholarly Commons or through publication in university journals such as COMPASS, if not in major international journals. Students can also apply for ORU-sponsored Undergraduate Presentation Awards to obtain support to present posters at regional and national conferences.
Written by Joyce Fernandes, Director, Miami University Office of Research for Undergraduates.
Photos by Scott Kissell, Miami University Photo Services.