It's All About Research

Almost 300 undergraduate and graduate students from nearly every academic field at UNC will share information about their research projects April 10 during the university's annual Research Day.

Oral and poster presentations will take over the second floor of the University Center from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. All presentations are open to the public.

Top research projects entered in a competitive judging process will be recognized during the 2014 Research Excellence Awards presentations beginning at 4 p.m. The winner in each of several categories will receive a $100 cash prize.

One of the students presenting his undergraduate research on at-risk and homeless students in higher education is senior Sociology major Seth Morones, whose own experiences as a homeless youth provided the impetus for him to become a researcher.

Morones, whose project won a 2013 UNC Research Excellence Award and a McNair Scholars Program scholarship, interviewed formerly homeless college students to identify what he refers to as "resource relationships for homeless youth who are seeking to gain access to higher education opportunities."

"In short, who did they work with to take the next step in their educational careers, and what did those relationships look like," Morones said.

After winning the UNC awards, Morones, who says he didn't even have a toothbrush when he arrived at UNC in 2010, presented his research at the 2013 National Conference on Undergraduate Research at the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse and the 2013 National McNair Research Conference at the University of Buffalo.

Morones will graduate in May and will pursue graduate studies in educational policy at Penn State.

The Research Day program listing all 200 presentations is available on the event's website.

Research Day is part of Academic Excellence Week, which includes a variety of activities promoting academic excellence and recognizing student, faculty and staff scholastic achievements.

The week is coordinated and sponsored by the Office of Undergraduate Research; the Center for Honors, Scholars and Leadership; and the Graduate Student Association along with academic departments and programs across campus.

For more information about Academic Excellence Week, visit the event's website.

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