UMass Amherst’s Commonwealth Honors College Hosts Statewide Undergraduate Research Conference

Undergraduate Research Conference

AMHERST, Mass. Commonwealth Honors College at University of Massachusetts Amherst will host the 23rd annual Massachusetts Statewide Undergraduate Research Conference on Friday, April 28 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Campus Center.

Students from 21 public higher education institutions in Massachusetts will convene to present their research, share knowledge and learn from their peers. Spanning 77 areas of study, approximately 1,200 students will exhibit their original research and findings in fields ranging from art history to public health to veterinary science.

Commonwealth Honors College Dean Gretchen Gerzina and UMass Amherst Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy will offer opening remarks at 9:30. The keynote address will be delivered by Gerald B. Downes, associate professor of biology at UMass Amherst. In his talk, “Investigating Neurological Disorders Using Developing Zebrafish,” Downes will share insights on work from his laboratory, which unexpectedly revealed that zebrafish can serve as an excellent animal model for maple syrup urine disease.

This year’s Massachusetts Statewide Undergraduate Research Conference is co-sponsored by Commonwealth Honors College, the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education, the Massachusetts State University Council of Presidents and the Massachusetts community colleges.