USD Conference Showcases Undergraduate Research

Students Demonstrate 3D Printers and Other Cool Research

A better 3D printer to manufacture parts and prototypes. An analysis of metals and other contaminants affecting the California halibut in Mission Bay. And a look at a day in the life of undocumented students in the city of Escondido.

These are just some of the impressive work students will present at the University of San Diego’s 23rd annual Undergraduate Research Conference on Thursday, April 18 from noon to 2:15 p.m. in the University Center.

A record number of 200 poster presentations, interactive exhibits and visual arts projects will showcase the vibrant research, scholarship, internships, and creative activities of USD’s undergraduates in partnerships with faculty mentors from disciplines across the campus.

“Many of the students who participate in the conference also publish their work in academic journals and present their projects at regional, national and international conferences,” said Julie Sullivan, USD executive vice president and provost. “These projects often lead to graduate school acceptances and prestigious scholarship awards.”

Projects this year include a 3D printer, modified from an open source design created by the “RepRap” community that will be affordable and print plastic parts with speed and accuracy.

“We continue to be impressed with the yearly increase in faculty-student scholarly collaborations,” said Thomas Herrinton, interim director of the USD Office of Undergraduate Research. “The high quality work reflects the outstanding mentoring abilities of USD faculty, as well as the intellectual curiosity of our undergraduate students.”

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

About the University of San Diego

The University of San Diego sets the standard for an engaged, contemporary Catholic university where innovative Changemakers confront humanity’s urgent challenges. With more than 8,000 students from 75 countries and 44 states, USD is the youngest independent institution on the U.S. News & World Report list of top 100 universities in the United States. USD’s eight academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, the School of Law, the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, and the Division of Professional and Continuing Education. USD recently concluded our successful $317M Leading Change: The Campaign for USD, which represented the most ambitious fundraising effort in the history of the university. In September 2016, USD introduced Envisioning 2024, a strategic plan that capitalizes on the university’s recent progress and aligns new strategic goals with current strengths to help shape a vision for the future as the university looks ahead to its 75th anniversary in the year 2024.