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Undergraduate Research Exhibition (URE)

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The Africana Research Center’s (ARC) Undergraduate Research Exhibition (URE) recognizes and celebrates the scholarly development of PSU undergraduate students who have written research papers on issues pertaining to some aspect of the African Diaspora. Faculty nominate student papers, and with student permission, these papers are evaluated by a group of judges using a refereed process.

After the URE scholars are selected, Penn State administrators, faculty, students, friends, and family are invited to attend a poster presentation luncheon to celebrate the students’ accomplishments. URE scholars will provide poster presentations of their research papers for the chance to receive funding in the amount of $1,000, $750 or $500 for travel to present their research at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) or for other approved conference or research travel.  Recognition as an ARC Scholar can also be added to their resume.

2018 URE Call for Spring Nominations

(For Penn State students only. Seniors who will not be enrolled in fall 2018 should not be nominated, as they will no longer be Penn State students when URE 2018 occurs.)

PSU FACULTY—If you have received excellent student research papers on topics related to Africa and its Diasporas, we seek your nominations of those papers for possible participation in the exhibition.

PSU STUDENTS—If you have written an outstanding paper or conducted research related to Africa and its Diasporas, please request a nomination from your professor.

Faculty members should submit the student’s name, email address, and electronic 8–10 page paper to