Contact: Whitney Richter, Director of Marketing and Communications, Office of the Vice Provost for Research, 254-710-7539
Written by: Gary Stokes, Office of the Vice Provost for Research
WACO, Texas (March 23, 2018) - Along with cheery robins and colorful blossoms, the arrival of spring at Baylor brings Scholars Week, a week-long showcase for research and scholarship of some of Baylor's most talented and innovative undergraduate students.
A part of Baylor's successful Undergraduate Research and Scholarship Achievement (URSA) program, this year's URSA Scholars Week runs March 26-29. The event will open Monday with an informal reception from 12:30-2:30 p.m. in the Barfield Drawing Room of the Bill Daniel Student Center. A keynote address by Dr. Julia Chan, Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Texas at Dallas, will follow at 4:00 p.m. in room B110 of the Baylor Sciences Building. Dr. Chan's lecture, Adventures in Solid-State Synthesis: Hidden Gems to Link Materials' Properties, is sponsored by BURST [ Baylor Undergraduate Research in Science and Technology], a Baylor student organization for undergraduates interested in scientific research.
Student platform presentations will be held Monday and Tuesday, March 26th and 27th, beginning at 1:30 on the 2nd and 3rd floors of the Bill Daniel Student Center. The first poster session will be on Monday and Tuesday and the second poster session will follow on Wednesday and Thursday in the atrium and on the second floor of the Baylor Sciences Building. The posters for each session will be on display from 11:00 on the first day to 3:30 on the second day, and the student researchers may be available each day from 11:30 to 1:30 to discuss their poster presentations.
Scholars Week participants whose presentations are judged most outstanding by a panel of faculty and staff will be recognized at an awards reception Thursday, April 19th from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. in the Barfield Drawing Room.
URSA Scholars Week is sponsored by the Baylor Office of Vice Provost for Research and is free and open to the public.
ABOUT BAYLOR UNIVERSITY
Baylor University is a private Christian University and a nationally ranked research institution. The University provides a vibrant campus community for more than 17,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating University in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 12 nationally recognized academic divisions.
ABOUT BAYLOR COLLEGE OF ARTS & SCIENCES
The College of Arts & Sciences is Baylor University's oldest and largest academic division, consisting of 25 academic departments and seven academic centers and institutes. The more than 5,000 courses taught in the College span topics from art and theatre to religion, philosophy, sociology and the natural sciences. Faculty conduct research around the world, and research on the undergraduate and graduate level is prevalent throughout all disciplines. Visit www.baylor.edu/artsandsciences.
ABOUT THE OFFICE OF THE VICE PROVOST FOR RESEARCH
The Office of the Vice Provost for Research (OVPR) assists faculty members from all academic units in identifying, obtaining and managing the funding needed to support their research and scholarship. Internal 'seed' funding, matching grant proposal funding, searchable online funding databases, grant writing seminars, proposal support and travel awards to national funding agencies are only a portion of what is provided by the various units comprising the OVPR. Additionally, the Vice Provost for Research oversees the ethical conduct of research and assists researchers in maintaining compliance with applicable policies, laws, and regulations as well as providing support in establishing interdisciplinary / international collaborations and industry partnerships.
The OVPR acts as Baylor's representative in pursuing partnerships and collaborative agreements with entities outside the university. The office negotiates sponsored research agreements with industry on behalf of faculty and pursues research, technology transfer, and the commercialization of technology. The OVPR welcomes the opportunity to discuss collaborative research and scholarship pursuits that can advance the academic mission of Baylor University to achieve R1/T1 status.
The OVPR also manages and operates the Baylor Research and Innovation Collaborative (BRIC), a three-story, 330,000-square-foot facility focused on interdisciplinary/international research, industry/university collaborations, business incubation/acceleration/commercialization, advanced workforce training, and STEM educational research and outreach.