URECA Center presented to the Alumni Council
Today, Associate Dean of Student-Faculty Academic Initiatives Anne Boyle (English Department) and the URECA executive team of Professors Shannon Mihalko (Health and Exercise Science Department) and Rebecca Alexander (Chemistry Department) presented the ongoing URECA projects to the Alumni Council. The URECA Center is the College’s Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities Center, a unit that focuses on supporting close academic interactions between faculty and students. Their presentation featured the many activities that are supported by URECA, including Wake Forest Summer Research Fellowships to support faculty and student work during the summer, STARR Travel grants to support student travel to academic conferences, Richter Grants to support student international academic work, and ACCIAC Fellowships, to support extraordinary and interdisciplinary projects involving faculty and students. URECA sponsors the annual Undergraduate Research Day to celebrate students and faculty working together. Each year URECA sponsors this celebration of mentored scholarship, held in conjunction with Family Weekend. The large majority of presentations are in poster format, but there are also a small number of oral presentations. This year, we had a record number of submitted abstracts–over 135 abstracts from almost all of the departments in the College and several which involved students working with faculty from other Wake Forest schools, including the medical school. This year’s celebration of collaborative scholarship will be held 3-5 p.m. on Friday, September 28, 2012 in the Benson Center (4th floor). I invite all of you, especially if you live in the Winston-Salem vicinity, to come by the Reynolda Campus next Friday afternoon and see the work of our outstanding and creative students and faculty. Learn more about our students working together on such projects as: understanding the impact of Winston-Salem Family Services, computational study of neutrino stars, or the history and characterization of an urban dance form. For more information on URECA and on this event, see the URECA Center web site.
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