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Research Week 2018 to Feature Exhibits, Challenges, More

Students wait for judging to begin for EURēCA during Research Week

Students wait for judging to begin for EURēCA during Research Week

UT will celebrate its ninth annual Research Week April 16–20 with a series of events centered around research, art, and scholarship from undergraduate students across campus. Sponsored by the Office of Undergraduate Research, this weeklong event gives students an opportunity to showcase their own work and learn how to become further engaged in the university’s research community.

Every year, the highlight of Research Week is the Exhibition of Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement (EURēCA). EURēCA is an opportunity for students to showcase their research and creative activities from the past year. Research posters and creative projects will be on display in Hodges Library all week. Due to increased participation over the past few years, EURēCA will be divided into three groups this year.

Group A: Architecture and Design; Arts and Sciences–Humanities, Social Sciences, Visual and Performing Arts; Communication and Information; Education, Health, and Human Sciences; Nursing; Social Work; and Haslam College of Business students

Group B: Honors English 298 students

Group C: Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources; Arts and Sciences–Natural Sciences; Engineering students

“It is always exciting to have an entire week dedicated to the research and creative accomplishments of our undergraduate students,” said Marisa Moazen, executive director of undergraduate research and community engagement. “Attending an institution classified as the highest level of research activity affords our students opportunities to conduct research alongside a faculty mentor in most every discipline.”

New to Research Week this year is the 3 Minutes to Win It Research Challenge. In March, students submitted two- to three-minute videos showcasing their research. Those submissions were available for online viewing by the campus community and a panel of judges. A winner chosen by the judges, as well as the fan favorite, will be awarded certificates.

For the second year in a row, the Office of Undergraduate Research will host a Rube Goldberg Challenge. Students, either in teams or as individuals, build an overly-complicated machine with everyday items involving multiple steps. This year, the machines must trigger an action that demonstrates school spirit. The demonstrations and judging will begin at noon on Tuesday, April 17, in the Mary Greer Room of Hodges Library.

The Undergraduate Research Students’ Association (URSA) will be hosting the ninth annual Undergraduate Research Symposium from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 13, 2018, at Hodges Library, Room 213. The symposium provides a space for students to present their research to a general audience.

Scheduled among these larger events are several recitals, lectures, and symposia designed to enhance the research experience at UT.

A full calendar of events can be found online.



Erin Chapin (, 865-974-2187)