Student Research Symposium, 2012

Student Research & Community Engagement Symposium 2012

Each year, the annual Student Research & community Engagement Symposium at UMass Lowell highlights research excellence. This year was no exception.

UMass Lowell students gathered to present their research in oral and poster presentations to their peers, faculty and guests. These include creative work, internship and co-op experience, community service-learning, study abroad and thesis research. View the student research abstracts in the Abstract Booklet (pdf).

The 2012 event took place over two days, April 23 and 24. The first day was dedicated to the Humanities and Community Engagement Panel presentations. Topics covered during the student-led question and answer panels included the Lowell strike of 1912, Shakespeare and the feminist and the Panama Canal as a U.S. Enterprise.

More than 150 posters from undergraduate and graduate students in all of the University’s six colleges and schools were viewed by the more than 300 people who attended the second day, poster presentations session. In his opening comments that day, Provost Ahmed Abdelal thanked the students for their engagement and participation in this research symposium. "It is important for you to be involved in research projects while you are at the University because discovery is the highest form of learning through experience," he said. 

Listen to the video of the Provost's opening comments on YouTube.

Listen to some of the students discuss the importance of their research projects.

New Journal for Undergraduate Research Launched

The 2012 symposium also marked the formal launching of the UMass Lowell Journal of Undergraduate Research, UMLJUR.

Published through the Office of the Vice Provost for Research, the new journal features abridged journal-format papers on studies conducted by students on campus, such as senior research, directed studies, capstone projects and summer research. These papers are peer-reviewed by student-editors and faculty members. Accepted papers are published online biannually, and select papers are printed annually as hard copy.

View the first edition of the journal.

For more information or to submit papers, e-mail or visit the journal’s website and Facebook page.