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Oral Presentations at URCAD 2012

2 May

Associate professor Carolyn Forestiere asks political science major Laurentina Cizza a question following the oral presentation of her project “Perceptions of Nationality and Citizenship: A Look at Jordanian Palestinian and Trans-Jordanian Identities.” Cizza is one of several Sondheim Scholars who participated in URCAD 2012.

See additional photos in our URCAD gallery.

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Presenting Research to Public Audiences: Major Benefits for Undergrads

2 May

One of URCAD’s greatest benefits, for undergraduate participants, is the opportunity to explain their research projects to faculty, friends, family and potential employers. This gives students experience translating discipline-specific terminology into accessible language, answering questions about their research, and explaining its broader value to those outside the field.

Here, Kwadwo Owusu-Boaitey, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, presents “Using the BRCA1 Mutant Mouse Model to Understand How Changes in Mammary Adipose Can Promote Tumor Growth,” his project with co-researcher Chinwendu Amazu (not pictured). For more images, see the URCAD photo gallery.

Macy Bokhari, Political Science, Presents at URCAD 2012

2 May

Political science major Mysoon “Macy” Bokhari shares findings from her project “Implications of the Arab Spring on Women’s Rights,” funded by an Undergraduate Research Award, at URCAD 2012.

The Baltimore Sun article “Annual conference showcases UMBC’s focus on undergraduate research” highlights Macy’s UMBC experience. Reporter Childs Walker writes, “After graduate school, Bokhari hopes to parlay her fluency in Arabic, French and English into a career in global conflict resolution. No matter where she ends up, however, she said she’ll remember UMBC as the place that stoked her intellectual curiosity.”

For additional images, see our URCAD photo gallery.

Dagmawi Tilahun, CBEE, on the Value of Mentorship

2 May

UMBC student Dagmawi Tilahun, from the Department of Chemical, Biochemical, and Environmental Engineering, presents “Low Cost Incubator/Warmer/Cooler/Transporter Design for Neonates.” Tilahun and project partner Kevin Tran were featured in a Baltimore Sun article on URCAD, which explained that their research grew out of an assignment from professor Govind Rao on the use of sensors in chemical engineering.

As the project progressed, Rao’s mentorship became invaluable. Tilahun reflects in the article, “All you need to do is have some interest and the professors here are willing to work with you to get you going in that field.”

See more images in our URCAD photo gallery.

Behind the Research: Juan Collazos on Acquiring Data

25 Apr

UMBC economics major Juan Collazos discusses the challenges associated with collecting economic data on relations between China and nations in Sub-Saharan Africa, such as figures on foreign direct investment. Collazos is a Sondheim Public Affairs Scholar and McNair Scholar at UMBC. He will present the research project “Digging Deeper: Sino-Sub-Saharan African Economic Relations” at an URCAD poster session, 10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the UC Ballroom.

Behind the Research: Juan Collazos on Institutional Support

24 Apr

Economics major Juan Collazos discusses institutional support for undergraduate research available at UMBC, including funding, faculty mentorship and a peer research community. Collazos is a Sondheim Public Affairs Scholar and McNair Scholar at UMBC. He will present the research project “Digging Deeper: Sino-Sub-Saharan African Economic Relations” at a poster session on tomorrow, 10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the UC Ballroom.

Behind the Research: Juan Collazos Looks Forward to URCAD

24 Apr

Getting excited for URCAD? So are we! In this video, economics major Juan Collazos discusses the value of  URCAD and why he’s most looking forward to April 25th. Collazos is a Sondheim Public Affairs Scholar and McNair Scholar at UMBC. He will present the research project “Digging Deeper: Sino-Sub-Saharan African Economic Relations” at a poster session 10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the University Center Ballroom.