Spring research fair to feature 450+ Huskers

Craig Chandler | University Communication

Catherine Berrick (right) explains her research on bats to Nebraska Sen. Robert Hilkemann during the 2017 Spring Research Fair breakfast and poster presentation at the State Capitol building. Students will interact with senators as part of the 2018 fair on April 10.

The work of more than 450 Huskers will be featured in the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s 2018 Spring Research Fair.

The fair’s multi-day lineup includes poster presentations that allow students to discuss their individual research and creative activity projects with members of the campus community, public and state legislators. Campus poster sessions are 3:30 to 5 p.m. April 10 and 11 in the Nebraska Union, while presentations at the Nebraska State Capitol are 8 to 9 a.m. April 10.

“The student-centric Spring Research Fair allows our students the opportunity to showcase their hard work and accomplishments from the past year and be recognized for their knowledge and expertise in their research specialty,” said Justina Clark, director of undergraduate research. “It also helps prepare students for regional, national and international conferences, where they will go to share their important research and creative activity at Nebraska.”

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Reiza Izabel Sebastian (right) explains her research in language development of Spanish- and English-speaking preschoolers to Nebraska Sen. Dan Watermeier. State legislators are invited to participate in a research poster session at the Nebraska State Capitol as part of the university's Spring Research Fair.

Presentations are divided into graduate and undergraduate sessions.

The graduate student poster session and creative activity display is 3:30 to 5 p.m. April 10 in the Nebraska Union’s Centennial Room and Ballroom. It will feature 161 students representing seven colleges and more than 25 disciplines.

Undergraduate presentations are 3:30 to 5 p.m. April 11 in the Nebraska Union’s Centennial Room, Ballroom and Regency Suite. The session will include more than 290 students presenting 246 research posters and six creative exhibitions.

From 8 to 9 a.m. April 10, 23 research posters will be presented by undergraduates to Nebraska senators in the Nebraska State Capitol building’s lower-level rotunda. The posters will remain on display for two weeks.

“This is the second year our students are getting to interact directly with state senators,” Clark said. “It is an exciting opportunity to have our students sharing their research and to demonstrate the value of a University of Nebraska–Lincoln education.”

The Nebraska Research Fair is a biannual event sponsored by the Office of Research and Economic Development in cooperation with campus partners. It is organized by Clark and Lisa Rohde, associate director of graduate student development. The fall fair focuses on faculty and postdoctoral research and related events, while graduate and undergraduate work is celebrated in the spring.

All poster sessions and creative activity displays are free and open to the public.

Learn more about the Nebraska Research Fair.

Craig Chandler | University Communication

Nebraska Sen. Adam Morfeld talks about a research project with an undergraduate scientist during a 2017 Spring Research Fair event.