Eastern to Host Prestigious National Research Conference
By Dave Meany
national conference on undergraduate research April 16-18, 2015 Cheney, Wash.
For more than a decade, Eastern Washington University has hosted the annual Student Research & Creative Works Symposium (read more on page 18). The symposium is the largest, campuswide academic event at EWU, and allows undergraduate and graduate students to showcase their research after months of preparation with faculty mentors. Many of those students have wanted to take the competition up a notch by participating at the national level. Just last spring, 32 Eastern students traveled to La Crosse, Wis., for the national conference. Overall, EWU has sent 114 students to nationals to test their skills against the best of the best. With so much enthusiasm for the national event, university administrators decided to think big, and quickly the idea of taking a shot at hosting the prestigious national conference turned into reality. After an extensive review process, and with the assistance of Visit Spokane, Eastern was selected to host the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR). The event will bring up to 3,000 students and faculty from 400 institutions to the Cheney-Spokane area in April 2015.
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“Eastern is thrilled to be able to host this outstanding research event,” said EWU President Rodolfo Arévalo. “The selection of Eastern as the host of this national conference is indicative of the tremendous progress the university has made in promoting research and the development of high-quality programs. This conference will also give our students a chance to shine on a national stage against their peers.” “The opportunity to host this respected national event is evidence of the long-standing tradition at
Students presenting posters at the 2011 NCUR conference at Ithaca College