UC Davis Today: Undergraduate showcase highlights student explorations

Photo: Matthew Warren in lab gear holds a chicken

Undergraduate discoveries

For an undergraduate like Matthew Warren yearning to explore his scholarly passion—birds and immunology—there is nothing quite like the hands-on experience of research. 

At UC Davis’ 24th annual Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creative Activities Conference this Friday and Saturday, Warren and other students will share their discoveries in public. An animal science major, Warren had an opportunity to delve deeply into avian science while working with top-flight faculty. 

All are invited to campus to view the record 529 undergraduate student presentations at the conference. Free and open to the public, times and locations for the forums include:

• Poster Presentations, 3 to 6 p.m. Friday, April 26, Freeborn Hall

• Arts Exhibit, 6 to 7 p.m. Friday, April 26, Memorial Union II

• Oral Presentations, 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 27, Wellman Hall.

By participating in the research conference, students polish their public-speaking abilities and spotlight their research. More than 350 faculty members have sponsored or recommended students for participation in the conference.

“The conference showcases students who have developed their own research questions and done the hard work to find innovative answers,” said Carolyn de la Peña, interim vice provost for Undergraduate Education. “It challenges them to consider what about their data is most interesting to an audience — what have they learned that is most likely to change how people think?” 

At UC Davis, ranked 8th nationally among public research universities, about 5,000 undergraduates, conduct research in any given year, typically working directly with faculty, postdoctoral researchers and graduate students. 

Fifth-year animal science major Matthew Warren of Lemoore, Calif., recently won a first-place award from the National Society for Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences for his presentation skills and the quality of his research on avian immunology. Gregory Urquiaga/UC Davis photo

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