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April 02, 2013


The University of Montana Conference on Undergraduate Research will take place from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday, April 12, on the third floor of the University Center.

The day-long conference, which is free and open to the public, offers opportunities for UM students of all majors to present their research and creative scholarship through oral presentations, posters, performances and exhibits.

Since 2001, UM has hosted the annual conference, which is organized by the Undergraduate Research Committee with the Davidson Honors College and sponsored by the UM president and the provost. UMCUR provides a great opportunity for undergraduates of all majors to present their research and creative scholarship in a public forum and for students to learn how to get involved in research.

Awards for the top oral presentations and the top posters will be made in five different areas: fine arts, humanities, social sciences, life sciences and physical sciences.

Professor Daisy Rooks will deliver a keynote address titled “Exploring Social Worlds: The Promises and Pitfalls of Qualitative Research” at 12:20 p.m. in the UC Theater. Rooks will explore the possibilities and challenges of conducting ethnographic research on contemporary social issues, drawing on her experiences teaching a research and service-learning course about hunger and homelessness for the past four years. Rooks is an assistant professor in UM’s Department of Sociology.

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Contact: James McKusick, UMCUR conference director and UM Davidson Honors College dean, 406-243-2541,