There were122 student researchers, both undergraduate and high school students presenting 78 different research projects at the 18th Annual Summer Undergraduate Research Fest (SURF). It was held on Wednesday, August 5, 2015, at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). The student-focused conference, hosted by the College of Natural and Mathematical Sciences (CNMS), featured oral presentations, two poster sessions, and a closing ceremony. Thirty-five faculty mentors from UMBC and neighboring institutions supported the student investigations.
After the welcome by CNMS Dean William R. LaCourse, an interdisciplinary plenary session featured oral presentations on five projects by seven students. Two poster sessions followed the plenary session featuring 102 posters presented and co-presented by student researchers. A traditional closing ceremony recognized the student researchers, their mentors, and their projects.
The annual SURF serves as a culminating event for many undergraduate research programs at UMBC and provides a professional setting for students to present their research; some for the first time. More than 300 persons, including faculty, staff, lab group members and other guests, attended the event, which was made possible by the support of UMBC, CNMS and numerous sponsoring agencies and institutions, including:
- DREU– Distributed Research Experiences for Undergraduates
- HHMI Scholars Program – Howard Hughes Medical Institute
- HPC REU – Interdisciplinary Program in High-Performance Computing – A National Science Foundation’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates Site
- JCET – Joint Center for Earth Systems Technology
- MARC U*STAR (Maximizing Access to Research Careers) U*STAR (Undergraduate Student Training in Academic Research) Program –
- NIH/National Institute of General Medical Sciences
- SBTP – The Summer Biomedical Research Training Program – CNMS and the UMBC Graduate School
- UBM –Interdisciplinary Training for Undergraduates in Biological and Mathematical Sciences – National Science Foundation