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Undergraduate Research & Arts Celebration

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.

2017 Undergraduate Research and Arts Celebration

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Westminster College will hold its annual Undergraduate Research and Arts Celebration on Wednesday, April 26, 2017.

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Schedule of Events

8:30 a.m.
Coffee & pastry (Carlson Atrium)
8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
Poster Session A (Witherspoon Room)
9 – 10 a.m.
Theater Performances (Beeghly Theater)
9 – 10:55 a.m.
Concurrent Student Speakers Session I (Patterson Hall)
9:15 – 10:55 a.m.
Live Musical Performances (1st Floor McKelvey and Orr Auditorium)
9:45 – 10:45 p.m.
Poster Session B (Witherspoon Room)
11 a.m. – Noon
Remarks and Keynote Speaker (Beeghly Theater)
Opening Remarks: President Kathy Brittain Richardson
Keynote Speaker Introduction: Dr. Helen Boylan, professor of chemistry
Keynote Speaker: Mallory Lichwa ’09, “From Westminster to Washington: A Professional Journey.” A special event for Westminster students, faculty and staff.
12:15 – 1:15 p.m.
Travel Mug (3rd floor McKelvey)
12:15 – 3:15 p.m.
Live Musical Performances (1st floor McKelvey, Berlin Lounge, Wallace Memorial Chapel)
12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Poster Session C (Witherspoon Room)
12:30 – 2 p.m.
Concurrent Student Speakers Session II (Patterson Hall)
1 – 2 p.m.
Video Presentations (Mueller Theater)
1:45 – 2:45 p.m.
Poster Session D (Witherspoon Room)
2 – 2:30 p.m.
Art Presentations (Outside of Foster Art Gallery)


2017 URAC Spotlight


Laurel Michalek

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.


Andrew Henley

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.


Jennifer Rodgers

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!


Hayley Thewes

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.


Shelby Seyler

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!


Daniel Owoc

Biology Major

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 Brown

Neuroscience Major

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

Biology Major

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!


Sarah Pace

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.