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2020 Virtual CURO Symposium

Alan Flurry

UGA undergraduates, including hundreds of Franklin College majors, shared their research endeavors in a new way this spring during the 2020 Virtual CURO Symposium held April 21-24:

After mentoring from faculty members across various UGA colleges, students shared a total of 580 posters and oral presentations using UGA’s eLearning Commons. Student presenters, faculty members and anyone who requested access were able to asynchronously give students feedback on their research through discussion boards.

“This year, more than ever, students have shown their potential, resilience, creativity and academic strength by engaging with their mentors and adapting their projects to finalize their research and presentations under circumstances and environments unlike what we have experienced before,” said Maria Navarro, associate director of the Honors Program and CURO.

Hosted by the Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities, the symposium is open for any undergraduate pursuing faculty-mentored research in any discipline.

Congratulations to the many students and Franklin faculty mentors who participate in the CURO program. Helping students discover a curiosity for conducting and presenting research can have life-impacts, enhancing careers but also building creativity that is transferable across existing fields and perhaps inroads into completely new ones.

Special congratulations to research scientist David Cotten, associate director of the UGA Small Satellite Laboratory, who received the 2020 CURO Research Mentoring Award for his commitment to developing undergraduate researchers at the university.

Image: Emma McMorran flips through an art history book in the Art Library at the Lamar Dodd School of Art, where she conducts the majority of her research on the evolution of the readymade and how the concept within art history transitioned from the time of Marcel Duchamp to Jasper Johns.

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