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Organizers call for broad range of students
to take part in undergraduate research forum
December 7, 1998

The Honors Program is inviting faculty to encourage student participation in the Second Annual Frontiers in Undergraduate Research Forum, which will take place April 16-17. The event offers students an opportunity to present their research projects in a public setting.

Last year 40 students from 10 different departments were involved. This year, the event's organizers are seeking an even broader range of participants, including students in the arts, sciences and humanities. "We would like the event to embrace the entire spectrum of activities engaged in by talented undergraduates throughout the University," says Cameron Faustman, associate professor of animal science and chair of the committee organizing the event, in a memo to faculty advisers.

The basic form of presentation will be a poster, but Faustman says creativity is encouraged. Audio and video presentations, for example, will also be considered an acceptable medium for conveying information. "Clearly, there are many different ways to approach this program and they can include innovative projects in the fine arts as well as biochemistry," says Faustman.

As an example of one kind of work that is sought for the forum, he cites a project that students in the Department of Journalism are currently working on - researching, writing and publishing stories dealing with Freedom of Information issues that affect Connecticut. Their research and conclusions are presented to the public on the department's website and in a newsletter that is distributed to municipal officials, legislators, editors and reporters.

The forum is open to any individual undergraduate or team working on an original project. Applications - consisting of an abstract of 300 words - are due by January 15. A committee of faculty and staff will select 40 of the projects.

For information contact George Hummel at (860) 486-0700, e-mail:

Daniel Clare