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2012 Summer Research Symposium

Friday, July 27, 2012
9:00 a.m. — 4:00 p.m.
Bayer Learning Center & Mellon Hall of Science

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The 2012 Summer Research Symposium is a celebration of undergraduate research in the Greater Pittsburgh area, offering an exciting opportunity for student researchers, science faculty, and area professionals to interact and share in undergraduate research.

Keynote Address

S. James Gates, Jr., Ph.D.
John S. Toll Professor & Director of Center for String & Particle Theory
Physics Department
University of Maryland

"Uncovering the Codes for Reality" 

Photo: André Fromont/Flickr, cc by-nc-sa 2.0

Abstracts and Poster Presentations

Undergraduate students are invited to submit abstracts and present posters. Abstracts must be emailed to urp@duq.edu by Wednesday, July 11, by 5 p.m. (no exceptions). Abstracts and posters must conform to the following format:

Font: Arial 10-point
Length: Maximum of 150 words (not including titles and names)

Title of Written Abstract (in bold)
Authors (Last name, First name; Last name, First name; etc.)
Academic Department

Abstract: The text of your abstract goes here. Please submit abstract in Arial 10-point font. The number of words in the abstract cannot exceed 150 words. Words over this limit will be removed.

Posters must fit into a 4’ x 4’ space.

Poster-Making Skills Seminar by Dr. Stephanie Wetzel
View the PDF of Dr. Stephanie Wetzel's PowerPoint presentation from the Poster-Making seminar. Please feel free to use this as a reference when you are preparing your research poster for the 2012 Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium.

Oral Presentations

To be considered to speak of your research at the plenary session (maximum of 12 minutes), please email your proposal to urp@duq.edu. Students wishing to present oral presentations at the plenary session will be notified of the acceptance of their proposals by Tuesday, July 17, 2012. Proposals for oral presentations must be emailed to urp@duq.edu by Wednesday, July 11, by 5 p.m.

Picnic Lunch

Please R.S.V.P. for the picnic lunch by Friday, July 20, by noon. Lunch is free of charge to all participants and guests. It is not necessary to present a poster or oral presentation in order to attend lunch.

Summer Research Symposium Deadlines

  • Abstracts and proposals for oral presentations must be emailed to urp@duq.edu by Wednesday, July 11, by 5 p.m. (no exceptions).
  • The deadline to R.S.V.P. for lunch is Friday, July 20, by noon.

Schedule for Research Symposium, July 27, 2012

9:00 AM Registration, Continental Breakfast and Poster Setup (Mellon Hall Patio)

10:00 AM Welcome, Dr. David W. Seybert, Dean, Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences, Duquesne University (Pappert Lecture Hall, Bayer Learning Center)

10:10 AM Keynote Address, Dr. S. James Gates, Jr., Physics Department, University of Maryland  (Pappert Lecture Hall, Bayer Learning Center)

11:00 AM Plenary Session (Pappert Lecture Hall, Bayer Learning Center)

1:00 PM Lunch (Mellon Hall Patio)

2:00 - 4:00 PM Poster Session (Mellon Hall Patio)

Prior Symposia

For more information about the Summer Research Symposium, take a look at materials from prior symposia.


Parking is available in the Forbes Avenue Garage at Duquesne University. View our Visitor's Page for a campus map and driving directions.

Contact Information

Philip Clarke, Director of Student Services
329 Fisher Hall
Duquesne University
Pittsburgh, PA, 15282

Phone: 412.396.4172
Fax: 412.396.4881

Email: urp@duq.edu