The office of undergraduate research (OUR) held its Fall 2021 Virtual Undergraduate Research Symposium Nov. 15-19, featuring 223 undergraduate researchers who presented 138 co-/authored research projects in different formats, reflecting different research stages.
This semester, 16 CCSD high school student co-authors presented with UNLV undergraduate research mentors. These students participated in OUR's newly launched OREO Program which targets high school juniors and seniors interested in any areas of research and aims to engage them in scholarly discussions in collaboration with undergraduate mentors.
Out of 138 presentations, 76 (55%) will be published in OUR’s newly created Digital Undergraduate Research Repository which provides UNLV undergraduate researchers with an additional open access outlet, along with OUR's Spectra Undergraduate Research Journal, and service dedicated to capturing, curating, reporting, and disseminating high-quality and mentored undergraduate research.
OUR’s triannual, professional, and judged symposia aim to showcase the impactful research undergraduates conduct at UNLV. OUR defines research in the broadest, most inclusive, transdisciplinary, and collaborative sense to bridge the gap between content learning and discovery learning.
The 223 undergraduate researchers, endorsed by 167 faculty mentors, presented 138 research projects and were judged by 38 academic faculty and administrative faculty members.
The winners for each presentation format and academic discipline include:
Champions of Undergraduate Research
The Champions of Undergraduate Research Award recognizes UNLV departments with a record of excellence in inspiring, influencing, supporting, and mentoring undergraduate researchers in their professional development, career training, and educational journey.
- Lee Business School, Department of Marketing
- College of Sciences, School of Life Sciences
- Best Lightning Talk Presentation Award in Arts, Humanities, & Social Sciences: "Visualizing the Southern Nevada Homelessness Crisis," Vanessa Booth & William D. Brown Jr.
- Best Podium Talk Presentation in Arts, Humanities, & Social Sciences: "Perceived Racial Discrimination, Black Lives Matter, and Political Participation in 2020," Olivia Cheche & Elizabeth Maltby, Ph.D.
- Best Poster Presentation in Arts, Humanities, & Social Sciences: "Population Changes in the Syrian Arab Republic: 2010-2020," Chasen Billon, Alessia Borgetti, Rylee Gomez, & Kimberly Nehls, Ph.D.
- Best Lightning Talk Presentation Award in Health & Natural Sciences & Engineering: "Post-zygotic Reproductive Isolating Barriers Contributing to Metrosideros (Myrtaceae) Divergence," Jaclyn Martinez & Elizabeth Stacy, Ph.D.
- Best Podium Talk Presentation in Health & Natural Sciences & Engineering: "Factors Associated With Telemedicine Usage And Acceptance Pre- and Since COVID-19," Shivangi Sinha & Melva Thompson-Robinson, DrPH
- Best Poster Presentation in Health & Natural Sciences & Engineering: "Investigating the Effects of Microorganisms on Microplastics in Anoxic Freshwater Environments," Alicia McGrann, Jacimaria Batista, Ph.D., & Aude Picard, Ph.D.