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12th Annual URC Set for April 15–30

By Jody Record, Campus Journal Editor
February 16, 2011

Registration for the 12th Annual Undergraduate Research Conference is open through March 4. Faculty members are encouraged to urge students to participate.

Since URC was launched in 2000, faculty mentor participation has gone from 83 to 274 in 2010. Student presenters have risen from 159 to 929. For those who are debating whether to become a faculty mentor, here are the top 10 reasons for doing so:

1. Ninety-six percent of participating students say the URC had a positive impact on their academic experience.

2. More than 95 percent of faculty mentors gain personal satisfaction from working with their URC students.

3. Nearly 80 percent of student participants learn about the URC from their faculty mentors.

4. You’ll support one of the nation’s largest URCs.

5. You’ll be in good company—nearly 40 percent of eligible UNH faculty (274) mentor student participants.

6. Presenting at the URC is a natural extension of a class project or senior thesis, and more than 90 disciplines are represented by UNH students participating in the URC.

7. Presenting original research in a professional setting improves students’ confidence in their abilities.

8. Eighty-four percent of students indicated the faculty mentoring had a positive impact on their academic experience.

9. You’ll help students sharpen organizational and presentation skills that employers, graduate schools, and other endeavors demand.

10. URC student presenters value the unique bond with their faculty mentors. In addition to mutual respect and the sharing of original knowledge, students witness firsthand the enthusiasm and passion so many UNH faculty possess.

Speak to faculty from any school or college who have mentored URC students and find out what keeps them engaged each year: www.unh.edu/urc/2010/faculty-mentors.html

Frequently asked questions for faculty can be found at: http://www.unh.edu/urc/faq-faculty.html

Online Registration for the 2011 URC is open until Friday, March 4, 2011. Students are advised to contact their faculty mentor about presenting in April 2011.

The URC is a celebration of academic excellence at UNH. More than 900 students from all academic disciplines present their research during a weeklong symposium.

The majority of URC events are scheduled during the week of April 25 through April 30. All events are free and open to the public; no registration is necessary to attend events.


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