Information regarding this biennial event is provided below. Student participants represent public universities and health science centers as well as independent (private) universities and colleges across the state.
Transforming Texas Through Undergraduate Research
The purpose of this event is to showcase the experiences of undergraduate students engaged in research for Texas legislators and the public through high-quality poster presentations. The program highlights how research conducted by undergraduate students positively impacts Texas --and Texans--with the theme: Transforming Texas Through Undergraduate Research.
Starting in mid-January, each campus liaison will guide student participants through the registration process. Requested information includes: project title, 300 word description, YouTube link/optional, audio description/optional, identification of a lead and additional student researchers, identification of faculty advisors, categorization of the research by discipline (list provided) and identification of up to five key words to assist in locating research entries by topic.
Undergraduate Research and the Texas Legislature
Traditionally, this event is conducted in Austin during the Texas Legislative Session. For 2021, the event will be conducted virtually, with research posters publicly displayed February 23-24 (link pending).
Student participants and their advisors are encouraged to work with their respective media relations and governmental relations contacts to identify opportunities to promote and celebrate the research conducted by their respective outstanding undergraduates. This may include inviting local legislators to view and comment on the entries, scheduling appointments to present the research, or providing letters to legislators highlighting the event and lessons learned from the student's higher education/research experience.
This event is coordinated by the Council of Public University Presidents & Chancellors/CPUPC and the Independent Colleges and Universities of Texas, Inc./ICUT. Virtual technology and support services are generously provided by The University of Texas at Austin, Office of Undergraduate Research/School of Undergraduate Studies.