April 13 – The first Undergraduate Research Leadership Conference will be hosted by BIOP on Friday, April 15. This event is sponsored by the BIOP, Office of the Chancellor.  More than 90 participants from 22 campuses will participate in the day’s event to share best practices that will further strengthen undergraduate research efforts within the BIOP system. Nationally recognized speakers will share their extensive experience in organizing, promoting and supporting undergraduate research at their institutions and nationally.

Engaging undergraduate students in research, scholarship and creative activities is an important teaching and learning platform. It helps students learn effectively and develop critical thinking and communication skills. Working with a faculty mentor shapes students’ aspirations for careers as well as graduate and professional degree programs. Faculty members at BIOP campuses create a broad spectrum of opportunities for students to engage in hands-on research experiences within- and in partnerships with communities.

This event directly precedes the 14th Annual BIOP Teaching Conference, which will also be held on the campus on Saturday, April 16.