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CURO Symposium celebrates in-person showcase of undergraduate research

Psychology major Janicka Crocker presented at the 2019 CURO Symposium and will be sharing her research on "The Relationship between Childhood Trauma and the Psychosis Biotypes" during the CURO Symposium's poster session this year. She is working with Brett Clementz, Distinguished Research Professor and director of the Bio-Imagining Research Center. (Photo by Stephanie Schupska)

The 2022 CURO Symposium will be held April 4-5 at the Classic Center in downtown Athens. The annual event highlights undergraduate research at the University of Georgia and will feature 501 students.

Hosted by the Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities, this year’s symposium is the first since 2019 to be held in person.

At the two-day event, students will present individually and in teams at oral and poster sessions. The topics are as varied as pecan consumption in older adults, Harvard’s test optional policy, stream water warming on microorganisms, board of director efficiency on hedge fund activism, COVID-19’s effect on workaholism and the musical properties of water.

“The quality of our students’ work, the range of topics addressed, and the tremendous support of faculty across campus make the symposium a signature event for the university each year,” said Meg Amstutz, interim associate provost and dean of the Morehead Honors College.

The symposium opens April 4 at 10:20 a.m. and includes 125 oral presentations and 316 posters. The 501 undergraduates participating are pursuing 82 majors from 13 UGA schools and colleges. Collectively, they are conducting research with 252 faculty members in 75 departments.

Karen Burg, UGA’s vice president for research and the Harbor Lights Chair in Small Animal Studies in the College of Veterinary Medicine, will deliver the keynote address at 3 p.m. in Ballroom E. The poster session and reception will follow at 4 p.m.

Oral presentations will continue April 5 at 9:35 a.m. with the last session ending at 5:10 p.m.

The CURO Symposium was first held in 2002 after the formation of the Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities in 2001. The event gives UGA students the opportunity to present their projects to faculty, graduate students, staff and peers. It is open to all undergraduates pursuing faculty-mentored research in any discipline.

A UGA bus marked “Special” will provide transportation to the Classic Center, with stops at the Georgia Center for Continuing Education and Hotel, the Tate Student Center and the Arch.

The CURO Symposium is sponsored by the Morehead Honors College, the Office of the President, the Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, the Office of Instruction, the Office of Research and the UGA Libraries. For more information, visit