The 10th Annual UROC Summer Research Symposium

By Nicholas Zuniga

The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Center (UROC) hosted its 10th annual summer research symposium on Aug. 10-11. Research presentations were seen throughout the Tanimura and Antle Family Memorial Library, and the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (CAHSS) building. 

Photos by Nicholas Zuniga

Poster presentations occupied all three floors of the library, while oral presentations were happening in the CAHSS building. There were many presenters at the symposium – 40 oral presentations, 83 poster presentations, and six virtual presentations via Zoom. 

These research projects varied across academic disciplines; there were projects surrounding biology and chemistry, environmental science, psychology and even cinematic arts.

This research opportunity fosters variety and creativity, as seen in the presentations. There were many posters on plant soils, pesticides and microorganisms. On the flipside, there were posters which investigated habit-development through Twitter (now known as X), or about the effectiveness of exercise accessories for enhancing muscle development.

“I did an oral presentation about preparing for a career in research, collaboration, and scientific writing through the lens of (my major),” said fourth-year psychology major Grace Quinowski.  

“I love seeing the transformation in the students … seeing their growth and them being able to narrow (interests) down … that transformation is the best part,” said Jessica Bautista, a UROC coordinator. 

UROC is an opportunity for any student who is interested in gaining research experience, achieving professional development, or making connections with staff and other student researchers. Plus, research conducted through UROC is rewarded with money or course credit.

Who should apply?

All majors can apply. After establishing a relationship with a professor who works in your desired field of research, students can look to the UROC application page for necessary application materials. 

UROC also places a heavy emphasis on graduate school preparation. Additionally, there were several students from Monterey Peninsula College who presented at this event, meaning that this opportunity is available to students throughout Monterey County.

When to apply? 

The UROC researcher fall application deadline has already passed. Students interested in becoming a UROC scholar or a McNair scholar can apply up until Oct. 20.

Any further questions about UROC can be addressed to Jessica Bautista at [email protected] 

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