Warhawks are putting the finishing touches on a diverse array of undergraduate research projects and will present their findings on Thursday, March 22. This free, public event runs from noon to 3:15 p.m. in the James R. Connor University Center Hamilton Room.
“It’s a showcase of academic student engagement in its purest form – seeing students engage in scholarly activity through undergraduate research within their discipline and across disciplines,” said Whitney Supianoski, director of the McNair Scholars Program.
Projects range from economics, social work, psychology to performing and creative art pieces. Many of the students have been preparing their research and working alongside their faculty mentors for a year or more.
“Students really take ownership of their learning when they engage in undergraduate research. They learn how to find solutions to problems or questions that are important to them, and they practice communicating their work and its significance to people who may not be in their field of expertise. These are important skills to acquire as students prepare for their careers beyond college,” said Catherine Chan, director of the Undergraduate Research Program.
As a longstanding UW-Whitewater event, Undergraduate Research Day has grown not only in numbers, but in the quality and the array of the research being presented.
“I’ve witnessed a lot of growth in the variety of the projects being presented,” said Chan. “There are more team-based projects now, and more interdisciplinary projects being developed. There are also an increasing number of projects that include community partners or explicitly address issues in the community.”
“Undergraduate research allow students to develop as scholars and professionals. It helps students make meaning of their academic work,” said Supianoski.