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Summer Undergraduate Research Conference to highlight 100+ research projects, Aug. 2 at URI

Media Contact: Todd McLeish, 401-874-7892

KINGSTON, R.I. – July 17, 2013 – More than 100 students from nine colleges and universities in Rhode Island will showcase their summer research findings on Friday, Aug. 2, at the University of Rhode Island.

The sixth annual Rhode Island Summer Undergraduate Research Fellows Conference is co-sponsored by the Rhode Island IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence and the Rhode Island Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research. The conference will be held at the College of Pharmacy and the Center for Biotechnology & Life Sciences on the URI Kingston campus. Welcoming remarks will begin at 9 a.m.

The event provides undergraduates with a unique opportunity to present their research findings to peers and demonstrate how federal funds are used in a collaborative effort to support research and student training in scientific areas critical to the state’s future.

The conference will feature a display of more than 100 posters summarizing research by students studying the biomedical, behavioral, and life sciences. Among the research topics to be featured are climate change, algae blooms, declining fish populations, ocean acidification, dengue fever, DNA damage from cancer, drug discoveries from medicinal plants, and the use of nanotechnology for targeted drug delivery.

More than 300 faculty, students, and administrators are expected to be in attendance from the University of Rhode Island, Brown University, Providence College, Rhode Island College, Roger Williams University, Salve Regina University, Bryant University, Rhode Island School of Design, and the Community College of Rhode Island.

Exhibitor space for potential employers, graduate schools, core facilities, and other programs is available. For more information or to register for the conference, please visit http://www.uri.edu/inbre/RI_SURF_Conference.shtml .