CURO Symposium celebrates 20 years of showcasing undergraduate research


This year marks the 20th anniversary of the CURO Symposium, which will be held on April 4 and 5 at the Classic Center in downtown Athens. The annual event highlights undergraduate research at the University of Georgia and will feature 501 students.

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

During the two-day event, students will present individually and in teams during oral and poster sessions. Topics are as varied as pecan consumption in the elderly, Harvard’s optional testing policy, warming water in streams on microorganisms, board effectiveness on hedge fund activism, the effect of COVID-19 on workaholism, and the musical properties of water.

“We are especially thrilled to celebrate 20 years of the CURO Symposium this year,” said Meg Amstutz, Acting Vice Provost and Dean of Morehead Honors College. “The quality of our students’ work, the range of topics covered, and the tremendous support from faculty across campus make the symposium a landmark event for the university each year. »

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

Karen Burg, UGA Vice President for Research and Harbor Lights Chair in Small Animal Studies at the College of Veterinary Medicine, will deliver the keynote address at 3:00 p.m. in Ballroom E. The session posters and reception will follow at 4 p.m.

Oral presentations will continue on April 5 at 9:35 a.m. and the last session will end at 5:10 p.m.

The CURO symposium was first held in 2002 after the Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities was established in 2001. The event gives UGA students the opportunity to present their projects to faculty, graduate students, staff and their peers. It is open to all undergraduate students pursuing faculty-supervised 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 Morehead Honors College, Office of the President, Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, Office of Instruction, Office of Research, and UGA Libraries . For more information, visit


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