LSU to Host Louisiana Undergraduate Research Conference on Nov. 4

11/03/2011 10:34 AM

BATON ROUGE – The LSU Office of Strategic Initiatives, or OSI, and Cain Center are co-sponsoring the Triple EX (Excite, Explore & Experiment) Undergraduate Research Conference on Friday, Nov. 4, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the LSU Student Union.  This event features nearly 100 oral and poster presentations in a competition among undergraduate researchers in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, disciplines and the social sciences.  These students represent universities across the state, including University of Louisiana at Monroe, Xavier University of Louisiana, McNeese State University, Southern University of Baton Rouge, Southern University of New Orleans, and LSU.


The keynote speaker for this symposium is Utpal Banerjee from the University of California, Los Angeles. Banerjee is the Irving and Jean Stone Professor and Chair, Department of Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology, a professor in the Department of Biological Chemistry, co-director of the UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center and HHMI Professor.  His talk is titled “Anxious Moments of Discovery.”


“Triple EX is a phenomenal venue for showcasing and celebrating undergraduate research conducted at colleges and universities throughout the state.  A core component of all OSI efforts and externally funded programs, undergraduate research is the ultimate learning experience for young scholars and provides them with invaluable training in their respective fields,” said Vice Chancellor of Strategic Initiatives Isiah M. Warner. “It differs from typical college coursework in that it is independent and original work completed outside of regular class hours and requires a strong time commitment from students.  Students engaged in undergraduate research garner rich educational experiences that train them to be emerging leaders and contributors to the state, national and global economy.”  


Opportunities for undergraduate research have existed at Louisiana universities for more than 15 years, predominantly in the STEM disciplines. Triple Ex is open to visitors and free of charge.


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Ashley  Berthelot 
LSU Research Communications

Posted on Thursday, November 3, 2011