Posters filled the Blue Zone at Kenan Stadium as the University community came together on Wednesday to participate in the 20th annual Celebration of Undergraduate Research.
The research symposium, designed to celebrate and encourage undergraduate research at UNC across all disciplines, featured nearly 270 undergrads showcasing their research from over 30 disciplines.
The ability to conduct academic research is available for all students at UNC, and students also have the option to pursue research opportunities that lie outside their declared major. One attendee, Associate Dean and Director from the Office for Undergraduate Research Troy Blackburn, said he believes in the benefits of research regardless of the field.
“It forces the student to engage in problem solving skills that they don’t have to otherwise,” Blackburn said. “And I think that makes a real connection between traditional education that is supplemented with research.”
With exam season beginning next week, interdisciplinary studies major Mallory Happ presented her research on stress and the biological markers of stress in college students. While the research process can be grueling, Happ said she is grateful to UNC for helping her along the way.