Young Researchers to Present Their Work at Third Annual COURI Symposium

Young Researchers to Present Their Work at Third Annual COURI Symposium

What: The Campus Office of Undergraduate Research Initiatives (COURI) will host its 3rdAnnual Symposium: Showcasing Emerging Researchers at the Forefront of Science, Engineering, Health Sciences and Nursing.

When: 12:30 to 6:40 p.m. Saturday, April 20

Where: Undergraduate Learning Center, El Paso Natural Gas Conference Center



Emerging undergraduate researchers who have worked tirelessly throughout the year on novel projects in multiple disciplines will present and discuss their work with faculty, peers and the community.

The symposium is a great opportunity for UTEP students and faculty, as well as family and community members, to come and see what young UTEP researchers are doing and learning in their particular disciplines, and for anyone interested in the impact that science and technology will have on the future, said Lourdes Echegoyen, Ph.D., director of COURI.

Guest speakers for a Careers in STEM forum from 12:30 to 2:20 p.m. in the Undergraduate Learning Center include two pathologists, an industrial geophysicist, a biomedical engineer/entrepreneur, a kinesiologist, and the UT System student regent.

Jose R. Almirall, Ph.D., director of the International Forensic Science Institute at Florida International University, will deliver the keynote presentation during the awards banquet, and UTEP President Diana Natalicio will present closing remarks.

Student achievements will be recognized for best poster and honorable mention awards in the following categories: biomedical sciences, chemistry, computer science, physics, mathematics, environmental sciences, psychology, health sciences, nursing, and engineering.

In addition, there will be a special award presented to the winning team of a competition called “Presenting your research to non-technical audiences.” The competition encourages students to learn how to communicate complicated technical concepts to the general public using layman’s terms.

A total of 88 projects will be presented, some of which have been funded internally and others by federal agencies, including the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and NASA.

Visit the COURI website to view the full day’s schedule.