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CNHS Undergraduate Research Symposium

Undergraduate Research Celebration Week

The CNHS Undergraduate Research Symposium provides an opportunity for students within the College of Natural and Health Sciences to present their current or recently completed research projects in a poster format. Research projects that are in progress or in the early stages of development are also encouraged. The research may have been performed as part of a course, an Honors Research Fellowship or an independent project conducted with a faculty mentor. The symposium will provide participants with outstanding preparation for graduate or professional school and future presentations, and will foster greater awareness of undergraduate research within the college.

The CNHS Undergraduate Research Symposium is held each spring. This year, the event will take place on Friday, April 27, 2018. All participants wishing to present a poster are required to register for the event (see below).

  • The keynote presentation will be held from 2-3 p.m. in the Vaughn Center, 9th floor.
  • Poster presentations will be held from 3-5 p.m. in the Vaughn Center, 9th floor.
    • The abstract booklet will available for summary of research projects.

Poster presentation

All participants will be eligible for an award for best poster presentation.

All participants will be eligible for an award for best poster presentation. The posters will be judged by faculty based on the following criteria:

  1. Clear focus or central research question
  2. Sound research methodology
  3. Clear presentation of results/product/performance or expected outcome and ability to answer questions
  4. Progress on the project to date
  5. Contribution to the field or discussion of potential impact

Suggested presentation guidelines
The purpose of the poster should be to engage audience members in a discussion of the research. It is recommended that the poster include a limited amount of text with the majority of the poster space be dedicated to graphics (graphs, photographs, schematics, maps, etc.). The poster should be no larger than 3 feet tall by 4 feet wide. Posterboard and pushpins will be provided to mount the posters.

Keynote Seminar

Desika Narayanan, Ph.D., assistant professor of astrophysics, University of Florida

Keynote Speaker for 2018

Desika Narayanan, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Astrophysics
University of Florida

"How the brightest galaxies in the Universe formed"

We now know that the Universe is roughly 14 billion years old. In the last decade, we have begun to characterize galaxies forming at the earliest epochs, just 0.5 billion years after the Big Bang. These galaxies represent complex ecosystems. They are full of massive gas reservoirs, exhibit large rates of exploding stars and drive powerful galactic winds. The brightest subset of these galaxies are especially perplexing. Despite the fact that they are forming stars at amazing rate of >1000 suns per year, their enormous output of visible light is entirely enshrouded by huge veils of obscuring dust. For decades, astronomers have tried to understand the origin of how these brightest galaxies in the Universe form. In this talk, Narayanan will discuss the how these galaxies were discovered, what we know about them and conclude with his own theory for the origin of the brightest galaxies in the Universe.

Bio: Desika Narayanan was raised just up the road in Gainesville. He enjoyed attending the University of Florida during Spurrier's greatest years, and then moved out west to the University of Arizona for graduate school. After a few postdoctoral appointments at Harvard and again at the University of Arizona, he moved to Haverford College near Philadelphia, where he was an assistant professor for three years. He's now back in Gainesville as an assistant professor at the University of Florida.


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