Student-Faculty Research Collaboration Shines at SURCA Symposium

Emily Barrett, assistant director of communications
A female student engages with a guest at the SURCA Symposium while presenting their research.

Undergraduate scholarship and student-faculty collaborations were on display at the 12th annual Summer Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (SURCA) Symposium. 

Working alongside faculty mentors, undergraduate students led hands-on investigations into research and creative projects ranging from agricultural robots and climate change, to the history of queer publications in America and the impact of COVID-19 on different industries and populations. 

In addition to partnering with faculty researchers, the program also provides students with the opportunity to build skills beyond scholarly investigations through a series of events highlighting topics such as professional development, networking, and career planning.

Explore the facts and figures of this year’s symposium:

55 Undergraduate Students

38 Posters

30 Faculty Mentors

11 Weeks of Research

10+ Virtual Activities and Events

6 Alumni Professional Mentors

11 Student Winners Across 8 Categories


Congratulations to the 2021 award winners:
Category Student(s) and Faculty Mentor(s)
Biology Madeline Dutterer with Professor David Coughlin
Microbiology & Molecular Biology Morgan Grace with Assistant Professor Michael Toneff
History, Society, & Education M’Nya Preston and Madison Smith with Assistant Professor Jordan Smith
Engineering I Brandon Jackson with Assistant Professor Babak Eslami & Associate Professor Kamran Fouladi
Engineering II Martin Holahan with Associate Professor John Suarez
Computer Science & Business Nyima Sagnia and Xavier Ross with Associate Professor Babatunde Odusami and Assistant Professor YoungHa Ki
Chemistry I Sebastian Cuka and Andrew Devany with Distinguished Professor Loyd Bastin
Chemistry II Joanna Weyrich with Assistant Professor Hongwei Yang


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