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2011 Undergraduate Research Symposium at the University of Chicago

In the Physical Sciences, Mathematics, and Computer Science at the University of Chicago November 4-5, 2011

The 2011 Undergraduate Research Symposium in the Physical Sciences, Mathematics and Computer Science was held the weekend of November 4th and 5th at The University of Chicago.  We had planned a condensed meeting that began Friday evening with dinner at 6pm and finished on Saturday evening at 5 pm with box dinners provided.  We received mostly positive feedback from the evaluations so continuing with the shortened version will be one of the topics discussed at the Executive Meeting in the spring.

The purpose of the Symposium is to provide undergraduates from the physical sciences, mathematics and computer science fields with a venue to present their research projects and results in either poster or oral formats to their peers and some faculty. 

Oral presentations are scheduled at 15-minute intervals, allowing 12 minutes for the presentation and 3 minutes for questions.  Poster presentations allow participants to display their experimental results on a tack board panel measuring approximately 40" square. 

The weekend also included a lecture from the 2011 Janet Andersen Award Lecture winner presented by Beloit College’s Dr. George Lisensky, a materials and inorganic chemist whose recent work has taken him into the diverse fields of nanoscience and nanotechnology. Dr. Lisensky has worked for decades to incorporate much of the latest materials science and nanotechnology into existing courses and laboratories.  There was also an informative panel discussion on graduate school and careers in science.