UNH Symposium To Highlight
Contact: David Sims
Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space
April 22, 2005
DURHAM, N.H. – On Wednesday, April 27, 2005, from 3 to 6 p.m.,
students at the University of New Hampshire will give presentations
on the broad spectrum of research they are doing in disciplines
campuswide. The Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Symposium
(ISE), being hosted by the Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans,
and Space, is part of the university’s sixth annual Undergraduate
Research Conference, April 25-30.
The event offers an opportunity to visit the world of cutting-edge
research at UNH, discover interdisciplinary connections between
issues, and learn about research opportunities for students. Students
work with faculty mentors to conduct scholarly inquiry into topics
that intrigue them and engage in a process that teaches creative
thinking and problem solving within their chosen disciplines. This
year’s event will include undergraduates and beginning graduate
According to assistant professor George Hurtt, chair of the event,
some 68 projects involving 134 students from 19 departments and
four colleges will be presented. “While opportunities commonly
exist for students within each discipline of education and research,
the ISE event is intended to provide a forum that cross-cuts traditional
science and engineering disciplines,” Hurtt says. “Many
important science and engineering questions do not fit neatly into
The event is an opportunity for students to present their research
projects in a professional forum and for all attendees to gain information
on the related research activities and opportunities at UNH. Attendees
will include UNH faculty, staff, students, university leaders, and
members of the public. In addition to student presentations, several
research and graduate programs will present information to prospective
Poster presentations will be judged by a panel of experts and awards
will be made for excellence. Award winners will be provided with
funding to travel to a national science conference of their choice
to present their research projects again. “These awards are
designed to make a further investment in excellent research and
to get the word out more broadly,” Hurtt says.
Hurtt notes that the ISE event precedes the URC keynote lecture
by internationally acclaimed author and University of California
geography professor Jared Diamond, who will speak at the UNH Field
House beginning at 7 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public.
Free parking and shuttle bus service from Lot A to Morse Hall will
be available, and refreshments will be served.
Diamond’s most recent book is Collapse: How Societies Choose
to Fail or Succeed. He won a Pulitzer Prize for his earlier book
Guns, Germs and Steel: the Fates of Human Societies. Advance reservations
can be made by calling 862-0405 or at: http://www.unh.edu/urc/jdiamond_attend.cfm.
The full schedule for UNH’s Undergraduate Research Conference
is available online at: http://www.unh.edu/urc/.