UMR undergraduates prepare for research conference

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On April 6, 2006

The 2006 Undergraduate Research Conference at the University of Missouri-Rolla is scheduled for Wednesday, April 12, at the Havener Center on campus.

This is the second year for the event, which gives undergraduates opportunities to showcase their research efforts to the campus community and general public.        

UMR undergraduates from any discipline are eligible to participate in oral or poster sessions, individually or in small groups. This year, 80 UMR students are entered. Judges award cash prizes in nine categories, which are based on fields of study.         

“The conference is unique because it is a contest,” says Dr. Harvest Collier, vice provost of undergraduate and graduate studies at UMR. “Students are responsible for answering questions, interpreting data, showing they contributed — it’s what they’ll be experiencing out there in the real world.”         

Jon Schneider, a UMR graduate who works for The Boeing Co., will deliver the keynote address during a luncheon at noon in St. Pat’s Room C of the Havener Center.         

“At UMR, I conducted research with an aerospace engineering professor on the turbulent interactions of cross flow jets,” Schneider says. “This was a terrific opportunity that significantly influenced my receipt of a job offer from Boeing.”         

The UMR office of undergraduate and graduate studies will host a reception with participating students at 3 p.m. on the day of the conference in the atrium of the Havener Center. The reception will feature a student art show and a jazz performance. Food and refreshments will be served. Following the reception, an awards ceremony will be held at 4 p.m. in St. Pat’s Room B.                                    

For more information, contact the office of undergraduate and graduate studies at (573) 341-7600 or email Amy Gillman at Information is also available online at

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