Letter from the Chair

Welcome,

Thank you for showing interest in the 2015 Symposium for Undergraduate Research at Georgetown (SURG), which is in its third year and sponsored by the Georgetown University Office of the Provost.

Although the Symposium has received a new and improved name for its third year, at its core it is still an interdisciplinary event showcasing the wealth of undergraduate research at Georgetown in all forms in the areas of humanities, business, policy and the social sciences. Recognizing the tremendous amount of work students put into academic inquiry, the Symposium aims to celebrate the undergraduate effort towards expanding the boundaries of knowledge on the Hilltop. The Symposium provides an opportunity for students to converse across disciplines, to consider the multiple dimensions of their topics, and to receive constructive feedback that allows them to take their research further.

This year, I, along with the rest of the Steering Committee, have two central goals for the Symposium. The first is to purposefully collaborate with all of the major undergraduate research events and showcases that take place on campus in order to unite the efforts and energy of the students, faculty and staff on this campus who have a continued commitment to improving undergraduate research on the Hilltop. To this end, SURG is excited to announce its collaboration with the School of Nursing and Health Studies’ Undergraduate Research Conference. Both events will take place concurrently over two days in order to most effectively highlight the work being done by undergraduates on the Hilltop. Our Steering Committees will also partner on research-focused programming and workshops leading up to the events. Our second goal is to consciously work to boost underclassmen attendance at these events, particularly first-year students, in order to dispel any preconceptions they may have about what research is and to introduce them to all of the different forms that research at the undergraduate level can take.

I am deeply thankful for the support the Symposium received from many organizations across campus for last year’s event and its expansion into two days. I am excited to announce that the 2015 Symposium will be held April 16-17, 2015. The Symposium will provide multiple platforms for students to present their work, ranging from posters to panels and student talks.

SURG is more than just a culminating, end of the year event-it is a reflection of Georgetown University’s enduring commitment to undergraduate research and intellectual dialogue outside of the classroom.

The Steering Committee looks forward to seeing the ingenuity and creativity that flourishes among our undergraduate peers and is fostered by our top-notch faculty and staff on the Hilltop. If you are a Georgetown undergraduate student engaged in research (at or outside of Georgetown), we encourage you to apply to present at this year’s event!

We hope you will join us next April.

Sincerely,

Trishla Jain (‘15)

Chair, Symposium for Undergraduate Research at Georgetown Steering Committee

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