By WVUA 23 Web Writer Laura Johnson

University of Alabama’s students have an opportunity to participate in highlighting their research and creative project during the Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Conference March 29-30. More than 500 undergraduate students will participate.

UA’s Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development is hosting the 10th annual conference. The conference kicks off Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m., with a Creative Activity Showcase.

The showcase portion of the conference is new this year and allows fine arts students to display their creative talents and research. About 50 students are expected to participate in this portion, which will be held in the Ferguson Center Theater.

The conference component is Thursday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Ferguson Student Center.

Students compete for cash prizes and gain experience in presenting. Students also present their research projects to a panel of judges in both oral and poster form. In preparation, students pair with faculty mentors who help guide them in the development of their presentations.

The first event, poster presentations, will take place at 8 a.m., followed by the first round of oral presentations at 9 a.m. The second round of poster presentations start at 1 p.m. and oral presentations will follow at 2 p.m. About 470 students are expected to participate in this portion of the conference.

All students, faculty, and staff members are invited to attend.

An awards luncheon will be held April 10, in the south end zone of Bryant Denny Stadium.

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