Undergraduate Research Expo

Wednesday, October 3, 2018


2018 Undergraduate Research Expo Full Day of Events on 10/3/2018

The Undergraduate Research Expo highlights and celebrates undergraduate research experiences at Texas A&M University.

UNDERGRADS: Come for workshops, see how to get involved, and network with faculty and graduate students.

FACULTY, GRADS, & ADMIN: Find innovative ways to recruit students and incorporate high-impact practices in your research models.

Morning Round Tables

Undergraduate Research at an R1: What Defines Student and Faculty Success at Texas A&M?

9:00-10:00 AM | MSC 2300 B
This round table will provide students, faculty, and administrators the opportunity to hear perspectives on the role of undergraduate research as a high-impact practice at a research-intensive university.

Discussion topics include:

  • Undergraduate research as a high-impact practice
  • Best practices for balancing research and teaching
  • Strategies for closing the achievement gap (retention, student success, unique populations, assessment)
  • Texas A&M Vision 2030 priorities, diversity, and future directions

Featured Panelists:

  • Moderator: Dr. Ann Kenimer, Associate Provost for Undergraduate Studies
  • Panelist: Dr. Robin Means-Coleman, VP and Associate Provost for Diversity
  • Panelist: Dr. Jerry Tessendorf, Hagler Institute Faculty Fellow
  • Panelist: Dr. Alicia Dorsey, Assistant Provost for Institutional Effectiveness

Experiences in Mentoring Undergraduate Researchers

10:15-11:15 AM | MSC 2300 D
This round table will provide students, faculty, and administrators the opportunity to hear perspectives on the best practices in mentoring undergraduate researchers at Texas A&M.

Discussion topics include:

  • Fostering independence in undergraduate researchers
  • Responsibilities of graduate student mentors
  • Strategies for dealing with problems or issues
  • Establishing positive working relationships

Featured Panelists:

  • Moderator: Dr. Suma Datta, Assistant Provost for Undergraduate Studies
  • Panelist: Andrew McNeely, Ph.D. Candidate in Sociology, Director of the Aggie Research Program
  • Panelist: Hanna Hlushko, Ph.D. Candidate in Materials Science & Engineering
  • Panelist: Alessandra Ribota, Ph.D. Candidate in Hispanic Studies
  • Panelist: Jocelyn Holt, Ph.D. Candidate in Entomology

Afternoon Concurrent Breakout Sessions

Getting Started in Research Workshops

1:00-1:30 PM and 2:00-2:30 PM | MSC 2300 B
Identical Sessions. For any undergraduate interested in research, this workshop will provide an overview of research at Texas A&M, information on how to get started, and advice from current undergraduate researchers!

Featured Speakers

  • Dr. Sarah M. Misemer, Associate Director for Undergraduate Research
  • Ms. Eliza Price, Undergraduate Research Ambassador in Chemical Engineering

Aggie Research Program Informational Sessions

Aggie Research Program

1:00-1:30 PM and 2:00-2:30 PM | MSC 2300 E
Identical sessions. Aggie Research Scholars perform research in teams led by an experienced graduate student or postdoctoral fellow. At this informational, students will learn how to review current ARP projects to find opportunities that align with your interests, professional goals, and availability.

Featured Speakers:

  • Mr. Andrew McNeely, Director of the Aggie Research Program

Research Opportunities Informational Sessions

1:30-2:00 PM and 2:30-3:00 PM | MSC 2300 D
Identical Sessions. Staff from various departments and programs will provide resources for finding research positions at Texas A&M as well as give an overview of available research opportunities.

Featured Speakers:

  • Mr. Benjamin Simington, LAUNCH: National Fellowships
  • Ms. Marilyn Yeager, Texas A&M Career Center
  • Dr. Holly Gaede, Summer REU Programs Advice
  • Mr. Juan Rodriguez, Undergraduate Summer Research Grant (USRG)

Afternoon Main Events

Research Opportunities and Resource Fair

1:00-3:00 PM | MSC 2300 C
Colleges, departments, and other units are welcome to request a resource table at the Undergraduate Research Expo to recruit students into undergraduate research programs and educate students about the many available opportunities.

Faculty seeking undergraduates to work in their research programs are strongly encouraged to exhibit at the Expo and are welcome to bring posters, research displays, and handouts. Request a table by submitting the UGR Expo Resource Table Request Form before 20 September 2018 at noon. 

Featured Programs:

  1. Undergraduate Research Program in Ecological Systems Laboratory
  2. English Department
  3. Applied Biodiversity Science, Conservation Scholars Table
  4. Texas A&M University Career Center
  5. Reslife Research Team
  6. Research Compliance & Biosafety and Export Control
  7. Texas Sea Grant College Program
  8. MSC L.T. Jordan Institute for International Awareness Undergraduate Research Fellows and International Service Programs
  9. Center for Translational Research in Aging and Longevity
  10. Mathematics
  11. Undergraduate Research Opportunities in the West Lab
  12. Melbern G. Glasscock Center for Humanities Research
  13. Explorations: The Texas A&M Undergraduate Journal
  14. Health Promotion and Genomcis Lab
  15. University Writing Center
  16. University Libraries
  17. McFerrin Center for Entrepreneurship
  18. Mays Innovation Research Center
  19. Undergraduate Research Ambassadors
  20. Summer Undergraduate Research Program
  21. Undergraduate Summer Research Grant (USRG) Program
  22. Study Abroad Programs Office
  23. Engineering Entrepreneurship
  24. Environmental Programs
  25. Worthy Motivation & Cognition Interface Lab
  26. AgSeq - Artificial Intelligence applied to low coverage sequencing
  27. Texas A&M Energy Research Society

Aggie Research Scholars Poster Presentations

1:00-3:00 PM | MSC 2300 A
The Research-Intensive Community model was developed at Texas A&M to bring together faculty with active research programs, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows seeking leadership experience, and undergraduates seeking research opportunities. Unlike traditional 1-on-1 research apprenticeship, research is performed in multilevel teams.

Learn more about Aggie Research Scholars. Download the Abstract Book.

Evening Events

Research Networking Panel

3:15-4:15 PM | MSC 2300 B
This speed panel will feature up to 40 faculty with research opportunities and/or resources for undergraduates. We hope to help students get engaged in high-impact learning and connect them with research opportunities from a variety of disciplines across campus.

Featured Panelists:

  1. Dr. Jeff Huang, Computer Science & Engineering
  2. Dr. Henry Potter, Oceanography
  3. Dr. Hsiao-Hsuan (Rose) Wang, Wildlife & Fisheries Sciences
  4. Dr. Gabriela Zapata, Hispanic Studies
  5. Dr. Lisa Campbell, Oceanography
  6. Dr. Marian Eide, English
  7. Dr. Brett Mitchell, Medical Physiology
  8. Dr. Sonia Hernandez, History
  9. Ms. Florence Davies, Aggie Creative Collctive
  10. Ms. Leslie Donaway, Engineering International Programs
  11. Ms. LauraLee Hughes, McFerrin Center for Entrepreneurship
  12. Dr. Carolyn Cannon, Microbial Pathogenesis and Immunology
  13. Dr. Christopher Nowotarski, Meteorology
  14. Ms. Karen Beathard, Nutrition & Food Science
  15. Dr. Korok Ray, Business Administration
  16. Dr. Luke Schmidt, Physics and Astronomy
  17. Ms. Megan Cook, Visualization
  18. Dr. Haneen Khreis, TTI Assistant Research Scientist
  19. Mr. Juan Rodriguez, Education Program/EASA
  20. Ms. Allison Faber, History
  21. Dr. Holly Gaede, Chemistry
  22. Dr. Apostolos Vasilakis, English
  23. Dr. Samuel Merriweather, LSAMP
  24. Mr. John Curry O'Day, Philosophy
  25. Dr. Camille Peres, Environmental and Occupational Health
  26. Dr. Bimal Nepal, Engineering Technology
  27. Ms. Cory Arcak, MSC L.T. Jordan Institute
  28. Dr. Felipe Hinojosa, History
  29. Dr. Jessica Howell, Glasscock Center for Humanities Research

Research Networking Social

4:15-5:15 PM | MSC 2300 Lobby
The Research Networking Panel will be followed by a Research Networking Social. Faculty members and students are encouraged to stay after the Networking Panel to connect and network with students, other faculty, and staff over light refreshments.

The Undergraduate Research Expo is proudly supported by LAUNCH: Undergraduate Research, the Aggie Research Program, Undergraduate Studies, and The Association of Former Students.

Contact LAUNCH: Undergraduate Research with inquiries about the event.