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The Twenty-first Annual Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement Day

April 26, 2017


Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement Day (URCAD) features research, scholarship, and creative work carried out by UMBC undergraduates. Student work is shared through oral presentations, posters, artistic exhibits and performances, and film.

Over 250 presenters participate annually. Researchers work with faculty mentors on independent research, or research that is part of the mentor’s on-going projects.  They are from all disciplines, and can be working on a thesis, capstone project, part of a scholars or honors program, or they can be unaffiliated with other programs.

Students who have received Undergraduate Research Awards (URA) for the previous year will be presenting their findings. The UMBC Review, UMBC’s annual peer-reviewed research journal, which features academic papers written by UMBC undergraduates, makes its debut at this event- stop by and get your copy! Come hear the alumni keynote speaker talk about their experiences after UMBC, and how being an undergraduate researcher benefited them.

UMBC is unique in providing this opportunity for undergraduate students to conduct and present their research in a professional and supportive setting.  Students get valuable feedback from their peers, faculty, and staff, and practice their public speaking and presentations skills.  This campus-wide celebration of achievement affirms UMBC’s commitment to the twin goals of research and a distinctive undergraduate experience.

Don’t forget to visit our red carpet photo booth and participate in our selfie contest!

Consistent with its commitment to academic freedom, UMBC does not restrict the topics of inquiry that can be accepted for URCAD, the conclusions that are reached in student work, or the representations chosen by the student and mentor for that work. With the approval of their mentors, students may apply to present any mentored research, scholarship, or creative work completed while they are UMBC undergraduates. A mentor-approved and committee-approved abstract describing the work and its intellectual context is required. Approval to present work at URCAD is given by the faculty of the URCAD committee.