More than 100 students will present their research and creative scholarship at the 2014 Virginia Tech Undergraduate Research Conference on Friday, April 18.

Family, friends, those affiliated with Virginia Tech, and the greater community are welcome to attend to see a showcase of student contributions to scholarship.

The conference will feature oral presentations by 40 students. In addition, the conference will have 70 research posters on display, some featuring the work of more than one undergraduate student.

A variety of fields will be represented with students from six of the seven undergraduate colleges participating.

“We are pleased that student work on display at the conference celebrates the breadth of fields and opportunities available at the university,” said Jill Sible, assistant provost for undergraduate education and professor of biological sciences. “This year, a number of group projects were submitted, indicating that our students are embracing the collaborative nature of research.”

Beyond the oral and poster presentations by students, the conference has two featured events, including a performance by the Linux Laptap Orchestra and a special session on institutional inequality by students in a course by Laura Gillman, professor of sociology.

“Undergraduates who engage in research at a top-level research university like Virginia Tech are claiming the very best of an education,” Sible said. “I am grateful for the dedication of faculty, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows who mentor these students.”

The Undergraduate Research Conference will be held Friday, April 18, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Graduate Life Center. A schedule and abstract booklet will be available before the conference on the Office of Undergraduate Research’s website. The public is welcome to attend.

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech takes a hands-on, engaging approach to education, preparing scholars to be leaders in their fields and communities. As the commonwealth’s most comprehensive university and its leading research institution, Virginia Tech offers 240 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than 31,000 students and manages a research portfolio of $513 million. The university fulfills its land-grant mission of transforming knowledge to practice through technological leadership and by fueling economic growth and job creation locally, regionally, and across Virginia.

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