Conference At UM Features Undergraduate Research

April 02, 2014

MISSOULA – The University of Montana Conference on Undergraduate Research will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, April 11, on the third floor of the University Center.

The daylong 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 an 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.

UM Professor John McCutcheon will deliver a keynote address titled “The Hidden Role of Microbes in Animal Health and Nutrition” at 12:20 p.m. in the UC Theater. McCutcheon will explain why, when viewed from a long-term evolutionary perspective, we should not be surprised that animals require interactions with microbes to survive. McCutcheon is an assistant professor in UM’s Division of Biological Sciences.

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