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Annual Conference Showcases Innovative Student Research

More than 240 million people each year fall victim to an earthquake, hurricane or other disaster that leaves them without clean drinking water. University of San Diego students will demonstrate a human-powered portable system for water purification at the university’s 24th annual Undergraduate Research Conference on Thursday, April 10. The event takes place from noon to 2:15 in the University Center.

More than 200 poster presentations, interactive exhibits and visual arts projects will showcase the vibrant research of USD undergraduates in the sciences, business and the arts.

Those include the reverse osmosis filtration system that could provide a portable, human-operated system to provide clean water, especially in developing countries.

Other innovative projects include a look at the values and aspirations of today’s youth. “Millenials, First Digitals, Generations Y, M and Peter Pan” looks at a generation marked by a troubled economy, leaving them unpredictable and longing for the extraordinary and unforeseen.

Another project examines the experience of Iraqi War veterans returning home to San Diego, compared to veterans from past generations.

“All of these activities are in keeping with our mission to promote undergraduate research and creative inquiry as a distinguishing feature of an undergraduate education at USD,” said
Sonia Zárate, director of the USD Office Undergraduate Research.

“We look forward to learning about all the exciting research that continues to take place on campus and to honoring the students and faculty that have challenged themselves to extend learning beyond the classroom,” said Andrew T. Allen, USD vice president and provost.

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USD’s Office of Undergraduate Research is supported by a generous grant from the W.M. Keck Foundation.

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