Auburn launching new 'This is Research' student and faculty symposiums

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Auburn University is launching two new "This is Research" symposiums in 2015 to showcase the exciting work of students and faculty across many disciplines.

The student event, "This is Research: Student Symposium 2015," will be held April 13-14 in the Student Center and will give Auburn and Auburn Montgomery students an opportunity to share their research university-wide. Undergraduate and graduate students will participate through oral presentations, posters and creative scholarship displays. Abstracts will be accepted through Feb. 23.

"This is a great opportunity for students to display the results of their months of hard work and to interact with fellow researchers," said Jennifer Kerpelman, chair of the Research Symposiums Committee. "It will also give the community a chance to see some of the great research being done at Auburn."

The symposium will include a mentor recognition luncheon, judging of students' presentations and opportunities for prospective students and potential employers to view and discuss students' research. An awards ceremony will be held April 20 featuring a keynote speaker and reception.

A fall event, "This is Research: Faculty Symposium 2015," will recognize faculty excellence in research, provide a forum for faculty collaboration across campus and across institutions and increase the visibility of Auburn research to external constituencies, such as advisory board members, representatives from industry and foundations as well as community members.

Scheduled for Sept. 30 at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center, faculty members will participate in Auburn Talks, panels, posters and themed lightning presentations. An invited keynote speaker followed by a reception will conclude the event. A biennial part of the symposium, "Showcasing the Work of Creative Scholarship," will begin in fall 2016, featuring exhibitions and performances.

The two symposiums replace the former Research Week which concurrently showcased faculty and student research.  More details on the 2015 symposiums are available on the website. For more information, contact Kerpelman at

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