UW-Platteville sending students to 27th annual National Conference on Undergraduate Research

March 29, 2013

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PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — University of Wisconsin-Platteville will send 16 students to the 27th annual National Conference on Undergraduate Research held at UW-La Crosse April 11-13.

NCUR is the largest such symposium in the country, bringing together 3,000 undergraduate students from all fields and disciplines. It is organized by the Council on Undergraduate Research, a Washington, D.C. based group. The conference prides itself in giving students the opportunity to meet peers and faculty from around the country working in similar research fields, learn how different types of research are conducted, and explore graduate school and employment opportunities as well as develop presentation skills.

“Undergraduate research really changes the culture of the school,” said Jessica Sprenger Schulenburg, Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Endeavors coordinator at UW-Platteville. “At this point, these students are conducting research on a national scale. This gains them recognition for graduate school and a ready-made project to submit to a portfolio and resume. Undergraduate research is a remarkable opportunity.”

Students presenting at the national conference will have the option of exhibiting an oral or poster presentation.

“It is proven that participating in undergraduate research is a high impact practice,” said Sprenger Schulenburg.

UW-Platteville is committed to exercising high impact practices as they aid students in retention, satisfaction for the college experience, provides job skills, practical and academic skills; and contribute to the students’ idea of knowledge and confidence.

Sprenger Schulenberg recounts, “We want to create a community of scholars on UW-Platteville’s campus. If we can highlight the work of these students, we can show other students a practical example of something that is perfectly capable of all students.”

According to the Council on Undergraduate Research, the NCUR is dedicated to promoting undergraduate research, scholarship and creative activity in all fields of study by sponsoring an annual conference for students. The idea for a national conference to be open to all undergraduates was implemented at the University of North Carolina at Asheville in 1987. NCUR creates a unique environment for the celebration and promotion of undergraduate student achievement, provides models of exemplary research and scholarship, and helps to improve the state of undergraduate education.

The University of Kentucky will host the 2014 NCUR conference.

For more information, visit NCUR at http://www.cur.org/ncur_2013/.

Contact: Jessica Sprenger Schulenburg, coordinator, Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Endeavors, (608) 342-1983, sprengerschj@uwplatt.edu

Written by: Eileen McGuine, UW-Platteville University Information and Communications, (608) 342-1194, mcguinee@uwplatt.edu

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