2019 Undergraduate Research Expo

On 2 October 2019, LAUNCH: Undergraduate Research will hold its third all-day Undergraduate Research Expo in the Memorial Student Center on the campus of Texas A&M University. This Expo expands on the two-hour resource fair held in years past with panels, workshops, and networking opportunities, along with a Resource Fair to highlight undergraduate research at Texas A&M. The event showcases opportunities for faculty, staff, graduate students, and undergraduate students to find ways to get involved in undergraduate research. Last year more than 900 undergraduates and 60 faculty participated in the event. We hope to build on that success in 2019.

Morning round tables will provide students, faculty, and administrators the opportunity to hear perspectives on the role of undergraduate research as a high-impact practice at a research-intensive university with discussions on “Undergraduate Research at Texas A&M: Where Are We Now & Where Are We Going?” “Building Your REU/SURE Program in Qualtrics,” “Undergraduate Research and Preparing for Law School: A Discussion with the TAMU School of Law,” and “Experiences in Mentoring Undergraduate Researchers.”    

In the afternoon, multiple spaces in the MSC Bethancourt Ballroom will house concurrent events for undergraduate students that include: a two-hour Resource Fair, the Aggie Research Program’s poster presentations, and three break-out sessions led by faculty, staff, and graduate students (LAUNCH: UGR’s “Getting Started in Research,” “Aggie Research Program: Freshmen and Sophomores Needed,” and “Getting
Off Campus: Research Opportunities”). The day culminates with a speed Research Networking Panel, in which up to 40 faculty and staff from across campus will present 60-second blurbs on their research and opportunities for undergraduates. A Networking Social follows in the Bethancourt Lobby and is a time for students and faculty to visit informally about research opportunities and involvement. The full schedule is available online at http://tx.ag/UGRexpo19.

Volunteers for the Expo include LAUNCH Undergraduate Research Ambassadors, Learning Communities’ Peer Mentors, and LAUNCH staff members.

Undergraduate Research supports Texas A&M’s commitment to high-impact practices and learning outcomes identified in its Quality Enhancement Program by engaging students in experiences that allow them to take learning beyond the classroom as they master depth of knowledge in their fields as well as critical thinking skills. Undergraduate Research is also one of the ways that faculty, staff, and graduate students at Texas A&M can create transformational learning through discovery of new knowledge and innovative approaches to real-world challenges. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently dedicated a special report on 8 October 2017, to the topic of undergraduate research and its importance. We have long known that undergraduate research can help increase retention and diversity, boost student placement in post-baccalaureate degrees, and provide a strong foundation for lifelong learning. The LAUNCH: UGR office now hopes to shine a spotlight on our resources and create even more opportunities for students to become members of the community of scholars at this tier-one research institution.