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UMSL UM-System Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol


Each spring, the University of Missouri System seeks nominations for undergraduates to share their university research experiences with state lawmakers in Jefferson City for Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol.

The event is sponsored by the University of Missouri System and features 50-60 undergraduates from all four system universities, including research from our undergraduate UMSL Tritons.

The purpose of this event is to demonstrate to lawmakers in Jefferson City the unique opportunities undergraduate students have to participate in faculty mentored research or creative scholarship at the University of Missouri. Many lawmakers do not differentiate between regional colleges and public research universities, and we hope this opportunity to showcase our undergraduate researchers will help make the distinction.  We will also use this event to underscore higher education’s role in developing educated citizens and preparing a work force with the necessary skills to further the economic growth of the state.

Criteria: We seek undergraduates with Missouri residency who have been significantly involved in the research enterprise of the university either with their own project or through meaningful involvement with an on-going faculty project. Students will be selected to participate based on the merit of the research project, interest of the research project to state legislators and the student's ability to communicate well.

For more information, contact: 

Undergraduate Research Coordinator 
Kate Votaw, PhD
Associate Teaching Professor
Pierre Laclede Honors College
C204 Provincial House
(314) 516-7152