The 11th Annual Exhibition of Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement competition takes place this Friday from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. in the University Center Ballroom. More commonly known as EURCA, the event is a showcase of research projects and creative performances that undergraduate students produced with the assistance of a faculty mentor.
“Emphasis should be placed on the ‘and’ in ‘research and creative achievement,’” EURCA Coordinator Donna Doyle said. “Since EURCA includes projects from a variety of disciplines, it is not a stereotypical research or science fair. There will be something for everyone.”
The assortment of presentations and the energy that results from undergraduate students working in fields about which they are passionate is what makes the event stand out, Doyle said.
“Poster board presentations provide a visual backdrop,” Doyle said. “However, the more tangible energy is heard in the verbal exchange of ideas.”
Some of the ideas exchanged last year included discussions on New Orleans’ housing design, parental communication styles and the role genes play in body immunity. However, other presentations were, in fact, performances highlighting the instrumental and vocal talents of University of Tennessee students.
Steven Dandaneau, director of the Chancellor’s Honors Program, an annual sponsor of the event, said he is pleased with the participation in this year’s exhibition and hopes students will do their part to support their peers’ efforts.
“Two-hundred (and) fifty students are presenting, which is an impressive turnout,” Dandaneau said. “Research is incomplete without the input of a critical audience. Attendance at the exhibition is therefore not only a fun time — it helps presenters close the loop on their faculty mentored, independent scholarship.”
Judging for the event will take place between 5:30 and 7:30 tonight. While judging is closed to the public, everyone is encouraged to come out Friday, learn who the winners are and enjoy the entire exhibition. The awards ceremony will begin at 3 p.m. Friday and will feature performances by winners from the School of Music’s Celebration of Excellence.
“EURCA provides a unique opportunity for faculty and undergraduate students to work together and learn from each other,” Doyle said. “In an ideal environment, both students and faculty are transformed by the process. As a result, undergraduate education is taken to the next level.”