Undergraduate Research Week, the University of Bridgeport’s (UB) inaugural celebration of research, innovation, and creativity, will run April 9-13, 2018.

The five-day event is being held in conjunction with National Undergraduate Research Week, when universities across the U.S., as well as the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR), celebrate research in technology, the humanities, health, and other academic disciplines.

The CUR oversees the Students as Scholars initiative, which promotes various programs that foster faculty-student mentorships at the undergraduate level while creating a culture of inquiry at U.S. colleges and universities.

UB is hosting Undergraduate Research Week “to provide opportunities for undergraduates to explore the University’s vast and diverse community of research and scholarly work across all disciplines and to present their own research to members of the campus community,” said Director of Undergraduate Research Dr. Jessica Nelson.

Events planned at UB from April 9-13 will include undergraduate oral presentations, exhibitions, performances, guest speakers, and a faculty panel aimed at helping undergraduates achieve their research goals.

Research posters by UB undergraduates will be on display on the first floor of Wahlstrom Library, 126 Park Avenue, throughout the week as well.

At 12:20 p.m. Monday, April 9, UB will announce the students who have been selected to participate in the 2018 Summer Scholars Program, a research campaign that pairs undergraduates with UB faculty mentors.

UB faculty and students will also share their work and experiences by using the official Undergraduate Research Week hashtag, #URW2018.

All activities are open to the UB community and will take place from 12:20 to 1:20 p.m. in the John J. Cox Student Center Great Room.

Schedule of Events

Monday, April 9

“Research: Saying ‘Yes’ to Opportunities” presented by Lily Shapiro, UB undergraduate student

Graduating with an associate’s degree at Dutchess County Community College, Lily Shapiro is currently a senior in the Department of Psychology. She first became interested in psychology while working at a girl’s juvenile detention center in Barbados. Since then, her interests have shifted towards research in adopted twin studies and substance use. She currently serves as a research assistant at the ForDD (forensic drug diversion) Clinic with the Yale School of Medicine on projects exploring substance abuse and trauma, as well as collaborating on a project involving faculty from both Yale and the UB psychology program. Shapiro plans to work within the field of psychology for a year before attending graduate school to become a clinical psychologist.

Tuesday, April 10: “Bomb-Detecting Robot,” presented by the Connecticut State Troopers

Wednesday, April 11: UB Honors Program presents “Take the Academic Challenge!”

Thursday, April 12: Faculty Panel Discussion—“Incorporating Research in the Classroom”

Panel Speakers: Dr. David Oberleitner, Dr. Jani Pallis, Dr. Joanna Badara, Dr. Robert Riggs, Dr. Amanda Petrus, Dr. Sandra Stramoski

Undergraduate research has been recognized as an effective “high-impact practice” in higher education. The traditional apprenticeship model of undergraduate research, where one or a small number of students work closely with a faculty member, is powerful, but it is often difficult to scale so that all students have the opportunity. During this panel discussion, faculty will explore multiple ways to think about scaling the benefits of undergraduate research to a larger percentage of students by integrating research into course assignments, experiential learning activities, and the curriculum. Students and staff are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Friday, April 13: #URW2018 UB Social Takeover

UB students, faculty, staff, and administration will share their experiences and love of all things related to research via a UB social media takeover. Participate and follow along on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @ubridgeportresearch or by searching for the national hashtag #URW2018.

Media Contact: Lelsie Geary, (203) 576-4625, lgeary@bridgeport.edu