URCAD

URCAD 26 Comes to a Close!

A three quarter portrait of April outside
Dr. April Householder,
Director of Undergraduate Research

On behalf of the Office of Undergraduate Research and the Division of Undergraduate Academic Affairs, I would like to extend my sincere thanks to all the student researchers and artists, their mentors, and the guests who participated in URCAD 26 Online this year. Over the course of the week, 3,477 people visited student VoiceThreads, and 3,619 comments were posted to students’ VT presentations. Visitors logged on from all over the world.

A special thanks goes out to Michael Mower, UAA’s IT Web, and Graphic Design Specialist, Kaylee Reyes, student web assistant, and to our partners in the Division of Information Technology, especially Peter Ariev and Josh Abrams, for helping to host URCAD online using the VoiceThread platform. Thank you also to our Alumni Keynote Speaker, Dr. Kaitlyn Sadtler, for sharing her intellectual journey and research and for her inspiring words of wisdom. Thanks also goes to Dr. Freeman Hrabowski for introducing the speaker and for his support of undergraduate research throughout his tenure at UMBC. I would also like to acknowledge the URCAD Selection Committee and its chair, Dr. Stephen Miller, for all their work in making selections and giving students feedback on their abstracts, and Dr. Raimi Quiton and Dr. Timothy Phin for helping prepare the students to present. Our office’s Administrative Assistant, Devon Fick, not only worked tirelessly on the event, but was also a presenter this year! And thank you to Provost Philip Rous and Dean Katharine Cole for their continued support of the event.

You will still be able to view the presentations throughout the summer, although some students may choose to turn off their comment function. To view student projects, see the URCAD presenter listing and click on any VT icon. Projects are also viewable by department. Be sure to check out the UMBC news story about URCAD which will be out next week.

There is still time to submit your selfie to the contest for a chance to win cash prizes to the UMBC Bookstore- tag #umbcURCAD.

Don’t forget to mark your calendars for URCAD 2023, which will be held next year on Wednesday, April 19, 2023! Stay safe, and we hope to see you next year on campus for URCAD XXVII!

April Householder, Ph.D.
Director of Undergraduate Research and Prestigious Scholarships


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April 18-24, 2022

Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement Day (URCAD) featured research, scholarship, and creative work carried out by UMBC undergraduates. Student work is shared through oral presentations, posters, artistic exhibits, performances, and film. Over 300 presenters participate annually. Researchers work with faculty mentors on independent research, or research that is part of the mentor’s on-going projects. They are from all disciplines, and can be working on a thesis, capstone project, part of a scholars or honors program, or they can be unaffiliated. This campus-wide celebration of achievement affirms UMBC’s commitment to the twin goals of research and a distinctive undergraduate experience.

All current undergraduates who have conducted research, scholarship or creative work in the last year may apply to present their results at URCAD. Mentors, fellow students, friends, family members, high school teachers and students, graduate school recruiters, and the general public are invited to attend.

Key Dates for URCAD 2022

Note: These dates are being updated at this time. Please stay tuned.

January 6, 2022

  • ✅ First day applications will be accepted.

February 28, 2022

  • ✅ Application deadline.

March 31, 2022

  • URCAD prep session #1: preparing your URCAD presentation
    12 – 1 p.m. with professor Raimi Quiton (ONLINE)

April 6, 2022

  • URCAD prep session #2: preparing your URCAD presentation
    12 – 1 p.m. with professor Timothy Phin (ONLINE)

Page updated 9/14/2022