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Villanova University Holds First Annual Undergraduate Research Exposition, April 22-25

“EXPO 14” celebration recognizes student accomplishments in research, innovation and creativity


VILLANOVA, Pa. – Villanova University will hold its first annual Undergraduate Research Exposition, April 22-25, to showcase  the research conducted and completed by undergraduate students during the course of the 2013-2014 academic year. Initiated by the Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships, EXPO 14 is a four-day celebration providing a platform for students to present their innovative ideas and findings, learn about research opportunities, and receive awards for their outstanding work.

“Villanova maintains a strong reputation of nurturing our undergraduates through independent learning experiences such as undergraduate research,” said Jane Morris, Director of the Center for Undergraduate Research & Fellowships. “Our students engage with faculty advisors in important research, publish their work in peer-reviewed journals, and present their findings at national and international conferences.”

Morris added, “The opportunities afforded by such professional development experiences lead our graduates into top-tier graduate programs, medical schools, law schools, and jobs. Through EXPO 14, we are launching a campus-wide celebration of discovery that features the exciting and important work our students are doing and strengthens the culture of undergraduate research across all disciplines.”

Events during the Undergraduate Research Exposition will range from poster presentations, thesis defenses, awards ceremonies, project demonstrations and an entrepreneurial competition. Students from each of the University’s four undergraduate colleges will participate in the Expo and more than 15 students will be recognized with awards.

The detailed schedule of events for EXPO 14 is as follows:

Keynote Events

  • Friday, April 25, 9 a.m. –noon, Falvey Memorial Library
    Falvey Scholars Award – this award will be presented to six senior students, one from the Arts, one from the Natural Sciences, one from the Social Sciences, one from Engineering, one from Nursing, and one from Business. The annual program was established by Falvey Memorial Library to recognize outstanding undergraduate research. It is a collaborative initiative of the Library, the Honors Program, and the Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships.
  • Friday, April 25, noon – 5 p.m., Villanova Room in the Connelly Center
    Sigma Xi Research Day & Poster Session – The Scientific Research Society in science and engineering is sponsoring a poster research symposium in conjunction with the Society’s annual membership reception. Student posters will be judged by a multi-disciplinary team and the best posters will win a certificate and a cash prize.

 College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Events

  • Tuesday, April 22 – Thursday, April 25, 9 a.m.– 4 p.m., Garey Hall
    Honors Department: Senior Thesis Defenses - The Honors Senior Thesis presentations represent the result of a substantial research project chosen by the student, and are designed to provide a challenging, rewarding and educational experience for the seniors.
  • Wednesday, April 23, 3 p.m. in Old Falvey eMedia Room
    CulturalStudies: Animoto Snapshots of Theory and Practice
  • Thursday, April 24, 1– 4 p.m. in the Alumni Events Room in Garey Hall
    Global Interdisciplinary Studies: Senior Thesis Presentations - Global Interdisciplinary Studies majors develop a set of skills which foster the critical and analytical thinking essential to problem solving. The seniors’ thesis presentations are the culmination of a challenging course of study centered on preparing the students to assume their roles as responsible global citizens.
  • Thursday, April 24 at 4 p.m. in the Corr Hall Lounge
    Center for Peace and Justice: 2014 Catherine of Siena Undergraduate Peace and Justice Research Award - The Center for Peace and Justice Education will present The St. Catherine of Siena Undergraduate Peace and Justice Research Award to an undergraduate student for a research paper and/or project relevant to peace and justice issues.
  • Friday, April 25, 9:30– 11 a.m., St. Augustine Center Room 300
    Arab and Islamic Studies: Capstone Thesis Presentation
  • Friday, April 25, 3:30– 6 p.m., St. Augustine Center Room 210
    Philosophy Department: Senior Thesis Presentations

College of Engineering Events

  • Thursday, April 24, 3:00– 5 p.m. in the West Lounge of Dougherty Hall
    Mechanical Engineering and Electrical and Computer Engineering: Project Demo Day
  • Friday, April 25, 12:30 – 3:30 p.m. in CEER rooms 001 and 205
    Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Day: Poster Session and Senior Capstone Presentations

College of Nursing Events

  • Thursday, April 24, 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Driscoll Hall Lobby
     - Annual Undergraduate Nursing Scholars Day - Scholars Day is an opportunity for nursing students from across the curriculum to disseminate a presentation, project, or research that has been completed with others in the University community. Posters presented at Scholars Day reflect the variety of projects that nursing students have completed during the school year and may be data driven or clinically based.

Villanova School of Business Events

  • Thursday, April 24, noon – 6 p.m. in Bartley Hall and the Connelly Center
    Center for Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship: Pitch Day 2014 - The Center for Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship (ICE Center) will host the fifth annual, campus-wide Pitch Day competition, providing students from across the University’s colleges the opportunity to showcase their creativity and entrepreneurial spirit, while gaining real-world experience in building an idea from the ground up.  During the competition, student entrepreneurs will present original ideas and prototypes to a panel of alumni and guest judges. Ten thousand dollars  in prizes will be awarded to student startups.
  • Friday, April 25, 5:00– 7 p.m., Villanova Room in the Connelly Center
    Center for Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship Celebration (ICE)– ICE Center year-end celebration and announcement of Pitch Day winners.

EXPO 14 is hosted by: The Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships, Office of Research and Graduate Programs, Falvey Memorial Library, Sigma Xi, The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, The College of Engineering, The College of Nursing, Villanova School of Business.

About Villanova University: Since 1842, Villanova University’s Augustinian Catholic intellectual tradition has been the cornerstone of an academic community in which students learn to think critically, act compassionately and succeed while serving others. There are more than 10,000 undergraduate, graduate and law students in the University's five colleges – the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Villanova School of Business, the College of Engineering, the College of Nursing and the Villanova University School of Law. As students grow intellectually, Villanova prepares them to become ethical leaders who create positive change everywhere life takes them.