About the Conference
As part of the University of Vermont's weeklong celebration of student achievement, the UVM Student Research Conference(SRC) showcases the research and scholarly activity of undergraduate, graduate and medical students across campus.
The SRC acknowledges and thanks students' mentors, and celebrates the UVM colleges, schools and programs that encourage, sponsor and support student research. The audience includes UVM students, faculty, staff and the wider community.
All students working on a research or creative project with a UVM faculty member are eligible to present some aspect of their research at this forum. Research and creative projects at any stage of completion are welcome. The event also serves as a resource for students who are not yet involved with research but wish to learn about how to engage in research pursuits.
2010 Student Research Conference
The 2010 UVM Student Research Conference occupied most of the fourth floor of the Davis Center from 8am setup until well past 4pm on April 22 and attracted a crowd of observers. In all, a record 229 students participated and more students than ever before from non-STEM disciplines (science, technology, math, and engineering) were represented. FULL STORY
History of the Conference
Graduate students and MD/PhD students have had long-standing conference activity, but the first event of this type to include all undergraduates was a pilot event held in April 2007 at the Billings Student Center. The intent was to formally recognize and celebrate the scholarly research conducted by undergraduates and acknowledge the invaluable role research and faculty mentorship plays in early academic development.
At the request of Provost John M. Hughes, SURF UVM was planned, conducted and hosted by the UVM McNair Scholars as a community service project. This first-ever campuswide research venue for UVM undergraduates invited students from all colleges and majors. The first 35 students who successfully completed the registration process were invited to present a poster to the community. Despite a very tight schedule during the inaugural year, 32 students completed a poster for display. Faculty members volunteered their expertise as adjudicators and posters from three categories were selected as outstanding: Health & Life Sciences; Earth, Engineering and the Environment; and Business, Education, Humanities and Social Sciences.