Explore & Engage, Undergraduate Research Conference, November 19-20, 2012

Explore & Engage Conference

The University of Texas-Pan American’s office of Undergraduate Research and Service Learning is pleased to invite undergraduates in all academic fields to submit an abstract and registration information to participate in the first annual undergraduate research conference, Explore and Engage!

Research projects must have been conducted under the supervision of a faculty advisor or professional in the field, must be original, documented, and of high quality. Proposals to present will be reviewed by disciplinary panels.

Students will present their research projects to faculty, staff and other conference participants in either an oral or poster format. The oral presentation will allow students to give a 15-minute presentation of their topic and includes time for questions. Each oral session will be moderated by a faculty member. Students may also propose panels of related papers (up to 4). There will be sessions for “works in progress” where projects can be discussed for feedback. For the poster session, students will designed a visual poster representing their research and will present their work to individual conference participants over a 1-hour session.

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Schedule of Events

Monday, November 19th

8:00 registration opens, Welcome remarks

Panel Presentation Sessions: Student Union

Palmetto and Sage Rooms

Session A: 8:45-9:35

Session B: 9:45-10:35

Session C: 10:45-11:35

Session D: 11:45-12:35

Session E: 1:10-2:25

Session F: 2:35-3:50

Session G: 4:00- 5:15


Tuesday, November 20th

Special Sessions Student Union Theater

9:00-10:00am: Graduate Studies at UTPA

10am-11am Graduate Fair, Student Union Commons

 Engineering Lobby

Poster Sessions (Students available to discuss research and poster material)

Session P1: 10:00-11:00

Session P2: 11:00-12:00

Session P3: 1:00-2:00

Session P4: 2:00-3:00

 Student Union Theater

3:00-4:00pm: Featured Faculty Research in Biotechnologies 

4:00-4:45pm: Provost's Remarks and "UR at UTPA", Undergraduate Research at the university.

 Chapel Lawn

5:00-6:00pm: Closing Reception

 *All sessions and titles indicating “Works in Progress” are research projects in progress. Student Researchers welcome feedback and input on these projects. 


Who is eligible:

Any undergraduate student currently enrolled in any discipline at UTPA. Any Student who will have graduated in spring or summer 2012 will also be eligible to present as long as s/he has not started post-baccalaureate study and the research s/he is presenting was conducted during the current academic year, while an undergraduate student, under the supervision of a faculty member.

For additional information, contact the Director of Undergraduate Research: (956) 665-3170,