USRCI Expo

“When one does any kind of meaningful independent research, there should always be a public outcome, whether it’s a presentation, a paper or an exhibit. Sharing your results with others is an important part of being a scholar.”
- Rebecca Pliske, PhD, Founding Director of URSCI & Professor, Psychology Department

This day-long event, held annually the first week of April, has become a highlight of Dominican’s academic year. Over the past two years, approximately 10 percent of the undergraduate population has participated by:

  • giving oral presentations,
  • poster presentations, or
  • exhibiting their artwork.

You have a lot to gain when you push yourself to experience undergraduate research to the fullest including:

  • Increased self-confidence
  • Enhanced intellectual growth
  • Increased understanding of what constitutes scholarship within a particular discipline
  • Clarification of your career goals
  • Opportunity to work with a mentor
  • Increased likelihood of applying to graduate school — and getting the results you want.

Fellow students can support the presenters and look for inspiration for their own research projects.

Recent Expo presentations included:

  • Organic chemistry (Coffee Grounds: The Future Fuel for Cars)
  • Apparel merchandising (Rebel Rousers: Analyzing the Boy’s Clothing Market)
  • Computer science (Cloud Data Services)
  • Music (The Evolution of the Modern Bass Guitar)

After Expo

For some students, presenting at Expo is just a taste of future successes. Recently, several Dominican students presented their research at professional scholarly conferences in their field.

  • A psychology major won a Regional Research award from Psi Chi (the national honor society in psychology), along with the opportunity to present at the Midwestern Psychological Association meeting.
  • Another psychology student received a travel award and the opportunity to present at the annual Society for Neuroscience meetings.
  • An English major traveled to the United Kingdom to present her undergraduate research project at a professional meeting (New Directions in Austen Studies).