UNH Hosts State Legislators April 28 at the Undergraduate Research Conference

Contact: Denise Hart
UNH Media Relations

April 15, 2004

Editor, News Directors: You are invited to visit UNH's Durham campus April 28 when state legislators participate in a variety of activities celebrating student undergraduate research.

DURHAM, N.H. - New Hampshire state legislators will have an opportunity to discover the University of New Hampshire's rising research stars in a special day of activities April 28, 2004, as part of the Undergraduate Research Conference (URC) week.

The event celebrates the quality and breadth of the research, creativity and scholarly work of UNH undergraduates. Legislators Day is an opportunity for government leaders to learn about the university and to experience the teaching and research that distinguishes UNH. Student research is recognized by peers, faculty and families through poster sessions, awards and scholarships presented throughout the week in various disciplines.

Legislators will be welcomed to a continental breakfast by UNH President Ann Weaver Hart and John Lynch, chair of the University System Board of Trustees. They also will have an opportunity to view senior art projects at The Art Gallery and view a poster session on research and community service at the Memorial Union Building (MUB). After a lunch program in the MUB, legislators attend one of 16 classes.

The final event of the day brings the legislators to Morse Hall for the Earth, Oceans and Space and Engineering Symposia, showcasing the research and ingenuity of UNH's engineering and physical sciences students. A concrete canoe, the Mini-Baja all terrain vehicle and the FIRST robot are among some of the projects on display. Legislators will find four floors of research posters documenting student investigations into the areas of engineering, Earth, oceans and space research and have the opportunity to meet with the student researchers. Beginning at 3:30 p.m. President Hart opens the symposium award ceremony. Five monetary awards will be given to students whose research is judged to be superior in their field.

The Undergraduate Research Conference is open to the public.

Reporters and News Directors: Below is a schedule of events for Legislators Day on Wednesday, April 28. You are welcome to cover any of the day's events. Please give us a call if we can assist you.

Wednesday, April 28

8:30 a.m. Registration/Continental Breakfast (Alumni Center 1925 Room)

9:00 a.m. Welcome by Ann Weaver Hart, UNH President, remarks by John Lynch,

Chair of the University System Board of Trustees

9:30 a.m. Tours of James and DeMeritt Halls

10:20 a.m. The Art Gallery

Senior BA and BFA exhibit - Vicki Wright, Gallery Director

11:00 a.m. Undergraduate Research Conference (MUB 334-336-338)

Thompson School Community Service & Leadership

Program Partnership for Social Action

Seacoast Reads

11:45 p.m. Lunch - MUB Granite State Room

President Ann Weaver Hart

Provost Bruce Mallory

Stefan Muller, Student Researcher

1:10 p.m. Classes Begin

2:00 p.m. Classes Conclude

2:10 p.m. Undergraduate Research Conference - Morse Hall

Earth, Oceans, and Space Symposium

Engineering Symposium

2:30 p.m. Symposia Poster Session and Reception

3:30 p.m. Symposia Award Ceremony Remarks by President Hart