:: SURF showcases student research Tuesday
More than 100 students will present their undergraduate research work Tuesday during SURF Day.

The Student Undergraduate Research Forum [SURF] is the foremost event of Elon’s annual celebration of the arts and sciences, which recognizes academic leadership and supports the arts with concerts, plays, recitals, art exhibitions, poetry readings and more.

Tuesday from 10 to 11 a.m., a poster session of 18 student projects will be held in the Fine Arts Concourse in the Fine Arts Building.

Oral presentations will then take place during the day from 11:10 a.m. to 4:40 p.m., and will be divided into four sessions. Ninety-five students will give oral presentations.

Finally, an awards banquet for participating students will be held Tuesday from 5 to 7 p.m.

“It is the ultimate showcase for students that have completed an undergraduate research project to present their work at Elon,” said Steven House, associate vice president of academic affairs and dean of Elon College, the College of Arts and Sciences. “It is my hope that every Elon student will attend at least one SURF presentation to support the student presenters and to learn more about the exciting opportunities to work closely with Elon’s incredible faculty on a research project.”

Student research projects vary widely in discipline and major field. Projects from a wide range of departments will be presented, including mathematics, sciences, sociology, political science, English and many others.

SURF is a part of Elon’s weeklong celebration of the arts and sciences, CELEBRATE! Week.

CELEBRATE! was formed when House, who strongly supports the arts and sciences, traveled to Harvard University some years ago and saw their four-day-long “Arts First” event.

“It was apparent that everyone who watched and participated was proud of the students’ artistic abilities,” House said. “I realized then that Elon should have the opportunity to create something that may one day rival, and even improve on, Harvard’s gala.”

Elon’s existing celebrations, like SURF and the Omicron Delta Kapap leadership honor society awards, were combined with a few more presentations and award ceremonies, creating the week-long event now known as CELEBRATE! Student Achievements in Academics and the Arts.

“During the fall semester, I worked doing research about the Galton Board, which is like the Plinko game on the Price is Right,” said Jessica Stewart, a sophomore presenting at SURF this year. “I’m presenting a poster which displays my findings. I’m excited about participating because I will be around my peers and professors, as opposed to people who I do not know.”

For more information about SURF day presentations, as well as a full schedule of student presentations with session times and names of student research projects, see: http://org.elon.edu/urp/Dreamweaver/SURF.

Reporter: Emily Silva - 04/19/07