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CNMS Annual Summer
Undergraduate Research Fest (SURF) at UMBC

Tenth Annual Summer Undergraduate Research Fest at UMBC

Tenth Annual Summer Undergraduate Research Fest at UMBC was hosted by the College of Natural and Mathematical Sciences for the second year on Wednesday, August 8, 2007. Dean Geoff Summers opened the student-focused research symposium that was held on the 7th Floor of the Albin O. Kuhn Library and Gallery. The event serves as the culminating event for numerous summer research experiences based in the College and featured presentations by a total of 76 summer researchers, who were supported by UMBC, CNMS, the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, the National Science Foundation, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Goddard Space Flight Center, JCET , the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, The Leadership Alliance, and the UMBC Graduate School. From near and as a far away as Hungary, 22 presenters were enrolled at UMBC, 44 were enrolled at other higher education institutions and ten were enrolled in high school. Four students were selected to give ten-minute oral talks about their research projects and the rest gave poster presentations in two sessions with nine of the 63 posters presented by more than one author. An estimated 175 people attended the event with standing room only at the afternoon closing ceremony when program directors presented certificates to the participants and Dr. Charles Bieberich presented the 2007 Summer Mentor Award to Dr. V. Michelle Chenault.

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