Dear Students, 

One of the things I enjoy the most about being a scientist is the opportunity to present my results and discuss them with colleagues. In presenting my work, I not only get to share what I have learned but I get new ideas and inspiration from questions. I also realize the challenges of presenting ideas that I think about all the time with a wide array of people of different backgrounds, interests, and technical knowledge. 

Part of becoming a scientist is learning how to overcome this challenge and effectively communicate your results. And there is no better way to learn to present than by giving a presentation. Each year we organize the College of Natural Sciences Undergraduate Research Forum. This year it will take place on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 in the Texas Union Ballroom. The forum will feature poster presentations by CNS undergraduate researchers as well as cash awards for research and presentation excellence. 

All College of Natural Sciences (CNS) undergraduate students who have participated in research with CNS faculty or with faculty in other colleges or at other institutions (e.g., summer REU participants, research internships at state health agencies, research internships in industry) are invited to present at the 2017 Undergraduate Research Forum. Posters are accepted at all levels: for projects you are building or in the process of undertaking, those for which you've already obtained results, or even projects that are in the idea phase. Presentations can be done by individuals or teams. If you are presenting as a team, all team members will submit a registration. 

The link to register is HERE

The deadline to register is Friday, February 24, 2017. 

So whether you are presenting your research or just coming to check out the amazing discoveries happening in the College, I hope to see you all at the Undergraduate Research Forum in April. 

Dr. Vanden Bout 

P.S. Did I mention that lots of employers value research experience, too? Career Services has a series of resume-preparation events and more coming up to help you describe your research, work and academic experiences, including at the Feb. 14 Career Fair.