2012 Undergraduate Research and Discovery Symposium

by Jamie Gonzales  |   

Friday, April 13
Project Presentations: 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Gorsuch Commons, Rooms 106 and 107
Student Poster Session and Reception: 2-3 p.m., Gorsuch Commons, Grand Hallway
Awards Ceremony: 3-5 p.m., Gorsuch Commons, Room 107

A series of events is held each April to celebrate undergraduate achievements throughout the university. The Undergraduate Research and Discovery Symposium is an opportunity for students in all disciplines to present and display their research and creative work to the university and the community. Featured events include the Undergraduate Research awards ceremony and project presentations. The Symposium also features a keynote lecture by a distinguished researcher.

This year's keynote speaker is Laurence C. Smith, Ph.D. Dr. Smith is professor and vice-chair of Geography and professor of Earth & Space Sciences at UCLA. His research interests include topics of northern hydrology, climate change, carbon cycles and satellite remote sensing. He has published over sixty peer-reviewed articles, including articles in the journals Science and Nature, and has won more than $6M in research funding from NSF and NASA. In 2011 he won the Walter P. Kistler Book Award for The World in 2050: Four Forces Shaping Civilization's Northern Future (Plume: New York, 2011), a general-audience book synthesizing crosscutting themes of population demographics, economic globalization, natural resource demand, and climate change with particular emphasis on north countries. Dr. Smith will be giving his keynote lecture, "The World in 2050: Four Forces Shaping Civilization's Northern Future" on Thursday, April 12, at 7:00pm in ARTS 150. A book signing will follow the lecture.

For more information, please contact Andrea Miller in the University Honors College at ayhonor@uaa.alaska.edu or (907) 786-1086.

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