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SALT LAKE CITY — Undergraduate students from across the state, including 123 students from the University of Utah, will make presentations during the 10th annual Utah Conference on Undergraduate Research on Friday, Feb. 19, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m, at the U.’s A. Ray Olpin Union Building.

The event, the first to be held at the U. since 2007, is an opportunity for undergraduates of all disciplines to present their work to peers, faculty, the local community and experts in their academic fields either through visual or oral displays. This year, topics range from mental health issues, analysis of biblical text and the chemical composition of stars.

Rachel Hayes-Harb, director of the U.’s Office of Undergraduate Research, believes the conference is a tremendous opportunity for students to develop not only academically, but professionally and personally as well.

In addition to providing students the opportunity to hone their public speaking and presentation skills, the conference also provides a supportive environment for young researchers to learn from and with each other.

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