Undergraduate Research Experience 2012

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March has been an exhilarating and inspiring month. Spring has not only sprung, but the world of research came to life at the University of Leeds’ UGRE 2012 extravaganza! A showcase of the research, artwork and exploration that makes the Faculty of Arts the success it is. A celebration of the hard work of so many of our undergrads, and a fresh take on the Student Conference.

UGRE was a long time in the planning, with ideas flying from pillar to post, a theme of green and a lot of cake it seems! But it all came together in the Riley Smith Hall, when a networking breakfast (complete with croissants) turned into a Careers research panel, a host of presentations from a cross-section of subjects, and an epic University Challenge in which Modern Languages emerged victorious!

UGRE timetable

Anyone and everyone was welcome to drop in on the day, take a look at the artwork which surrounded the hall and talk to a host of presenters, mentors, tutors and scholars who could provide as much advice as possible. The audience were extremely encouraging and enthusiastic, and it was so refreshing to see a whole range of people from across the board taking up the opportunity to showcase the best of their work.

It made me so proud to present and be a part of such a wonderful day. Even more so to be an undergrad in the University of Leeds’ Faculty of Arts!

For an overview of the day visit: http://arts.leeds.ac.uk/ugresearch/ugre/ugre2012/ where you can see the timetable, videos from the UGRE team and a series of blog posts about the run-up to the event.

Accounts of the event even made it into the papers! There are wonderful write ups at http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/the-northerner/2012/mar/23/leeds-university-students-research-funding-grants and also http://theculturevulture.co.uk/blog/reviews/leeds-students-celebrating-their-work/

These articles just go to show how valued undergrad research is and what a success UGRE 2012 was. And hopefully how much it will continue to grow, and encourage many more to take pride in their research and work!

All I can say is I can’t wait to see UGRE when it arrives in 2013. I hope to see a ton of new presentations from a new host of undergrads. We should all be so proud of our work, and UGRE was the perfect opportunity to strut our stuff!

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