Undergraduate students of all disciplines—engineering, humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences—will convene for the first time this week to showcase their innovative research at Johns Hopkins' first Undergraduate Research Day. More than 150 students from the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences and the Whiting School of Engineering will gather this Thursday from 11 a.m. to 2 pm. at the Ralph S. O'Connor Recreation Center to share their many explorations and discoveries.
"Research is the hallmark of a Johns Hopkins education, and the university offers myriad funding opportunities for students to engage in research, either on their own or with a faculty member," says Linda Gorman, teaching professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences and lead planner for URD. "What's missing, though, is one collaborative event where students have a chance to present their impressive work to the university community."
The Undergraduate Research Day, which is free and open to the public, is being held in conjunction with the Spring Open House and Overnight Program, which gives prospective students the chance to witness one of the university's most impressive and distinctive features: the breadth of research opportunities and projects available to undergraduates at Hopkins.
"This type of broad research event illustrates the university's commitment to the undergraduate experience," Gorman says. "It also gives students a public forum in which to present their research, and it fosters intellectual community among faculty and staff."