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Celebrating USD Research Week April 5-12

University of San Diego students do many things incredibly well, but one of the strongest hallmark elements of the university's educational learning comes when they are presented an opportunity, often in conjunction with skilled and passionate faculty, to do top-level, interesting research.

Undergraduates have options in the physical and social sciences. Engineering students are innovative and environmentally focused. Business students can provide an analytical viewpoint or collaborate on group projects through a finance or marketing angle.

The celebration of this kind of Changemaking activity, along with recognizing those who seek and secure external funding and faculty who provide quality leadership and mentorship, will be spotlighted April 5-12 during USD's Research Week.

Co-hosted by the Office of the Provost and Office of Sponsored Programs and supported campus-wide, Research Week has grown so much that there are two extra days slated this year. This multi-faceted showcase visibly demonstrates the importance of research at the university by way of events, open houses and presentations. All events are free and, with few exceptions, are open to the public. Some require registration.

Friday, April 5

9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.: Discover the Secrets Within the Folds, Salomon Lecture Hall inside Maher Hall: Take a mathematical exploration journey to discover something beautiful. The day's event will conclude with a campus-wide math scavenger hunt.

Saturday, April 6

8 a.m.-5 p.m.: USD hosts the West Coast Biological Science Undergraduate Research Conference at the Shiley Center for Science and Technology building and Paseo de Colachis. This is a one-day event featuring oral and poster presentations by undergraduate students throughout the United States. Students have a forum to present original data they've generated in biology and related fields and this conference fosters intercollegiate interactions among students and faculty who share a commitment to undergraduate research in biological sciences.

Monday, April 8

12-12:45 p.m.: How I Became Interested in Humanities Research: A Keck Humanities Fellows Discussion Panel, Humanities Center, Serra Hall 200: Meet the 2018-19 Keck Humanities Fellows for a discussion about their experience working on a year-long independent research project. Students will share their insights on the program, their project and working with faculty mentors. A Q&A session will follow and students can learn how to apply for a 2019-20 fellowship.

4-5:30 p.m.: Faculty Recognition Reception (by invitation only), Kroc IPJ Garden of the Sea: Gail F. Baker, PhD, vice president and provost, and the Office of Sponsored Programs hosts a wine and cheese reception to honor USD faculty and staff who've submitted grant proposals during the year.

Tuesday, April 9

12:30-1:30 p.m.: Outstanding Undergraduate Research Mentor Award Mixer, La Gran Terraza Terrace: This event recognizes research mentors who respect and achieve excellence as mentors to undergraduate students' research and scholarly activities.

12:30-1:30 p.m.: Engineering and Computing Research Week, Belanich Engineering Center Ideation Space: Student-faculty research and collaboration will be displayed in poster format.

4-5:30 p.m.: Idea of Truth Series — Truth and Lies in Politics, Humanities Center, Serra Hall 200: This event is part of a semester-long focus on truth and concludes a three-semester look at a quote attributed to university co-founder Mother Rosalie Hill about education here at Alcala Park: "Beauty will attract them, goodness will lead them, but the truth will hold them." The Humanities Center has hosted semester-long looks at beauty and goodness in Spring 2018 and Fall 2018, respectively. This semester's focus on truth is examined by a wide-range of topics and a three-faculty-member group who each gives a short presentation.

4-6 p.m.: The Torero TRiO Takeover, beginning at the Shiley Center for Science and Technology: Join USD TRiO students and staff affiliated with McNair Scholars, Student Support Services and Upward Bound in a research lab crawl. Lab and poster presentations from TRiO students will happen throughout the crawl. Visits start at the SCST, then the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering's Belanich Engineering Center and conclude at the SSS Offices in UC 113 for a debriefing. Snacks will be provided. 

Wednesday, April 10

12-2:30 p.m.: Diversity, Inclusion and Social Justice Excellence Showcase, Mother Rosalie Hill Hall: An interactive poster session and panel addressing topics such as diversity, inequality, multiculturalism, inclusion and historically underserved populations. This is a graduate school component for Research Week as the School of Leadership and Education Sciences involves faculty, staff and students in an event to discuss issues of diversity and social justice in the contexts of education, counseling and family therapy and leadership.

2-4 p.m.: Virtual Reality Lab, Mother Rosalie Hill Hall's Jacobs Institute (MRHH 259): Come experience the potential of VR to empower your research.

4:30-5:30 p.m.: More Human Series - Faith, Humanities Center, Serra Hall 200: This is a monthly live storytelling event curated around different themes. Storytellers share meaningful experiences or challenges they've overcome, each one providing a glimpse inside the human condition. This is co-sponsored by the Humanities Center, Changemaker Hub and is facilitated by the student-produced podcast, There's More.

Thursday, April 11

12-2 p.m.: 29th annual Creative Collaborations Undergraduate Research Conference, Hahn University Center Forums, UC Exhibit Hall and La Gran Terraza Terrace: Come and view multidisciplinary presentations of student-faculty research, scholarship and creative works.

12-2 p.m.: Military and Veterans Center Table, Hahn UC Foyer: The USD Military and Veterans Center is recognized as one of the finest in the nation for the support provided to our military-connected population.

Friday, April 12

12-3 p.m.: Lab Crawl, Shiley Center for Science and Technology, Camino Hall, Serra Hall and Belanich Engineering Center: This research lab crawl is an opportunity for the USD community to learn about student-faculty research in STEAM while visiting the lab spaces in the aforementioned buildings. Participants collect stickers at each lab station to redeem for free pizza and raffle prizes.

3 p.m.: Research Student Data Blitz, Department of Psychological Sciences, Serra Hall 116: The department of Psychological Sciences will display posters of research done by our Behavioral Neuroscience majors, and students will provide a brief, 3-5 minute overview of their work. There will be plenty of time for informal questions and answers, and discussion of research opportunities within the department.

— Ryan T. Blystone

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