Undergraduate Learning Fair
The spring Learning Fair will be held on Tuesday, April 26, 2016 from Noon – 1:30 p.m. in the Library.
Students may choose from three entry categories: Judged Undergraduate Research*, Class Project, or Artwork. See the registration form below for more information, including the registration deadlines.
*Students registering for the Judged Undergraduate Research category must submit an abstract when registering and must also attend a Presentation Preparation workshop prior to the Learning Fair. More details will be announced within 2 weeks of the workshop date(s).
Participating in the Judged Undergraduate Research Category provides preparation and practice for participating in other undergraduate research exhibitions and conferences, such as "The 2016 Undergraduate Exhibition" at University Park on April 5-6, 2016.
How to Prepare an Abstract
Research Opportunities for Undergraduates
Working one-on-one with a member of the Penn State faculty will give you a special academic advantage. As a researcher, you have a unique opportunity to work with faculty and join in their pursuit of new knowledge. Penn State, a comprehensive public research university, offers an undergraduate education that is available at only a few select institutions of higher learning. Laboratories, special library collections, museums, studios, and academic computing facilities enhance the instructional environment, and complement traditional classroom teaching and learning experiences. By participating in an undergraduate research project you will be introduced to the basic principles used to make new discoveries and develop theories. This new knowledge will build your confidence in independent inquiry, show you the value of critical thinking, and prepare you for the challenges of tomorrow's world. All Penn State Fayette students conducting research or scholarly work with faculty are encouraged to present their work as a poster presentation at the annual Undergraduate Learning Fair which is held in the fall and spring semester.
Two Important Steps to Becoming a Student Researcher
Think. Are you interested in the sciences, engineering, arts, or business, etc. Do you want to work in a laboratory, library, or out in the field. Do your interests include computer technology, numerically intensive studies, or qualitative analysis? Do you have the experience, skills, intellect, and most importantly, the motivation and desire to be a contributing student researcher?
Contact. Once you have identified an undergraduate research project that is of special interest to you, your next step is to contact the department or faculty member in charge of the project. When talking with a faculty member about a specific research opportunity, remember to ask questions about wage payroll or work study support, and/or credit for independent study or thesis research. Most arrangements will be strictly voluntary, but some may offer remuneration. Not all students requesting a particular research involvement can be accommodated; judgments will be made on an individual basis by the department or faculty member in charge of the project. Note also that in some instances research projects can be initiated and/or changed to accommodate your special interests
Why Should You Get Involved?
Through research you can:
- Work with internationally known scholars.
- Learn more about the newest technologies.
- Develop a better understanding of current intellectual debates.
- Build experience that is valuable in business, education, and government-related careers.
- Get an early introduction to graduate-level study.
- Share in the excitement of discovering something new.
- Build a lasting relationship with a faculty member or research team.
Research Opportunities for Undergraduates at Penn State is sponsored by participating faculty and coordinated by the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education and International Programs, The Pennsylvania State University, 417 Old Main, University Park, PA 16802.