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Annual CURO Symposium to be held online April 21-24

In a photo taken just before UGA's spring break, Joshua Thedford weighs soil for research he is conducting. A third-year CURO Honors Scholar, he is studying iron oxidation in soils and how it impacts carbon cycling, working with faculty mentor Aaron Thompson, an associate professor of environmental soil chemistry in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. (Photo by Stephanie Schupska)

From posters to oral presentations, University of Georgia undergraduates are sharing their research digitally this spring during the 2020 Virtual CURO Symposium, to be held on April 21-24 through UGA’s eLearning Commons.

Hosted by the Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities, the symposium gives UGA students the opportunity to present their projects to faculty, graduate students and peers. It is open to all undergraduates pursuing faculty-mentored research in any discipline.

“We are excited that the virtual symposium will have the same kind of range of presentations that we have seen in past years,” said David S. Williams, associate provost and director of the Honors Program and CURO. “The digital format will also give attendees the opportunity to take in more presentations than they ever could have before.”

After the symposium was moved to an online, asynchronous format, students submitted videos and digital posters instead of preparing to share their research at a set time. When the symposium opens online on April 21 at 2 p.m., attendees will have the opportunity to view and comment on all of the presentations.

“During the virtual symposium, we encourage all participants, especially faculty mentors, to give feedback to the student presenters via the discussion boards,” said Maria Navarro, associate director of Honors and CURO.

Access to the symposium will close on April 24 at 5 p.m.

Emma McMorran flips through an art history book in the Art Library at the Lamar Dodd School of Art, where she conducts the majority of her research on the evolution of the readymade and how the concept within art history transitioned from the time of Marcel Duchamp to Jasper Johns. A a third-year CURO Honors Scholar and CURO Summer Fellow in 2019, she is working with faculty mentor Maria Navarro, associate director of Honors and CURO and a professor in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. (Photo by Kora Burton)

All student presenters and their faculty mentors will receive automatic access to the 2020 CURO Symposium eLC page. Others who would like to view the symposium can register online.

The CURO Symposium is sponsored by 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, the UGA Libraries and the Honors Program. For more information, visit