NURDS - 7th Annual Northeast Undergraduate Research and Development Symposium

March 7 and 8, 2015

Keynote speaker: Dr. Randy Olson

To accommodate school cancelations due to snow storms we extended the registration deadline until February 15.

Dr. Olson is a marine scientist-turned-filmmaker (e.g. The flock of Dodos). He published several books on science communication (e.g. "Don't be such a scientist").

He will present work from his most recent book and run a workshop on how to present your science effectively.

Undergraduate students engaged in independent research in all fields, life sciences, natural sciences, humanities, or social sciences, in the New England region and Atlantic Canada are invited to attend NURDS 2015.

We will accept presentations that fulfill the definition of undergraduate research as stated by the Council of Undergraduate Research, CUR: "An inquiry or investigation conducted by an undergraduate student that makes an original intellectual or creative contribution to the discipline”.

Previous NURDS meetings focused on the STEM disciplines (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math). Now we broaden our scope and also welcome students in the Humanities and Social Sciences!

This conference, initiated through NSF funding, is created, organized and run by undergraduate students. The symposium will provide a comfortable environment for undergraduate students to present their research.

This year NURDS 2015 will be supported by the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, ASBMB. The Suffolk University Undergraduate Affiliate Network of ASBMB will be sponsoring the society’s undergraduate regional meeting at NURDS and will award up to four travel awards ($500) to the national ASBMB meeting. 

This research may have been done as an independent project, honors thesis, or senior thesis. Students can present their research as an oral presentation, poster or data blitz before an audience of peers. This is an excellent forum for ASBMB logostudents to get valuable feedback as well as develop meaningful scientific discussions between students from multiple universities.

At last year's NURDS symposium more than 200 students from 40 different universities attended. Students came from as far south as Connecticut, as far west as Vermont, and as far north as Halifax, Nova Scotia!

Don't miss this year's NURDS symposium.

Faculty mentors are welcome to attend.

NURDS was funded for 4 years through the NSF grant DUE-0726749, PI M. Frederich, Ph.D. and is now supported by the CAS Dean's Office, Provost's Office, and the Office of the Vice President for Research and Scholarship at UNE.

The symposium will be held at the UNE Biddeford campus in southern Maine.