The Undergraduate Research and Arts Celebration (URAC) is a day-long event showcasing the collaborative work between Westminster faculty and students. Often interdisciplinary in nature, presentations take the form of posters, oral presentations, video productions, art studio pieces, poetry readings, live musical performances, and more. The Celebration is a dynamic and exciting opportunity to experience Westminster’s rich academic environment. During URAC, Westminster suspends classes and nearly one out of every four students will present. Sessions are attended by faculty, current students, parents, and occasionally alumni and/or members of our Board of Trustees.
English Major, Computer Information Systems Minor
Laurel Michalek is a senior English major and Information Systems minor. Come visit Laurel at URAC where she'll present the creative portion of her capstone, a collection of poetry based on research she did on author J.R.R. Tolkien.
History Major, Computer Information Systems Minor
Andrew Henley is a senior History major and Information Systems minor. Join Andrew at URAC when he presents his capstone research on the influenza pandemic that hit Mahoning county in 1918 and how it affected doctor/patient relationships.
Early Childhood / Special Education Major
Jenny is a senior Early Childhood and Special Education major. She conducted research with two classmates and Dr. Alison DuBois on teacher burnout and the impact of childhood trauma on teachers. Come to URAC to hear what Jenny and her colleagues discovered!
Criminal Justice Major, Legal Studies Minor
Hayley is a criminal justice with career aspirations of being an attorney! Come see her at URAC as she presents her research on the stressors of public defenders and defense attorneys.
Psychology / Pre-Occupational Therapy Major
Shelby traveled to the Dominican Republic to research perceptions of Dominican doctors versus American doctors. She is returning to the DR later this year to continue her research! Come hear about her findings at URAC!
Danny Owoc is a senior biology major with an interest in environmental science. Come visit him at URAC as he presents his capstone results after analyzing the heavy metals found in manure and feed samples from local and Northwestern PA farmlands.
Ashlyn is a senior neuroscience major with a dream to become an international physician. Come visit Ashlyn at URAC as she presents her capstone research on the correlation between the level of everyday anxiety, in rats, and their reaction to the drug Anandamide.
Regino Flores is a senior biology major interested in medical school after graduation. Come visit Region at URAC as he presents his senior capstone research!
Biology Major, Spanish Minor
Sarah Pace is a senior biology major with an interest in optometry school after graduation. Come visit Sarah at her poster session during URAC. She's presenting her capstone research on quantifying lens crystallin in various species of teleost fish.