Undergraduate STEM Research: Women well represented and win

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On April 26, thirty-nine research projects were presented by undergraduate students at the annual Undergraduate Research Symposium, supported by a Core Competencies Grant from the provost’s office and sponsored by Alpha Chi Sigma, the chemistry fraternity. The scholarship represented is astounding and represents CAS, CBE, and RCEAS. ADVANCE noticed that thirty-three posters were authored by individual students (17 by women), six were authored by teams (3 all women, 2 included women). Many of the students, themselves, are dual majors and would be labeled "interdisciplinary." Three sets of prizes, based on the votes of students, faculty and presenters themselves, were awarded to symposium participants. Four out of eleven winners were projects by women; including the first place spots selected by students and faculty. This year saw the largest number of posters as well as an impressive turnout in the STEPS concourse. Congratulations to all participating students and their faculty mentors.