“When one does any kind of meaningful independent research, there should always be a public outcome, whether it’s a presentation, a paper or an exhibit. Sharing your results with others is an important part of being a scholar.” Rebecca Pliske, PhD, Founding Director of URSCI & Professor, Psychology Department

The 2018 URSCI Expo and Global Learning Symposium

will take place on Wednesday, April 4, 2018


This day-long event, held annually the first week of April, has become a highlight of Dominican’s academic year. In recent years, approximately 10 percent of the undergraduate population has participated by:

  • giving oral presentations
  • poster presentations
  • exhibiting their artwork

Fellow students can support the presenters and look for inspiration for their own research projects.

Recent Expo presentations included:

  • Organic chemistry (Coffee Grounds: The Future Fuel for Cars)
  • Apparel merchandising (Rebel Rousers: Analyzing the Boy’s Clothing Market)
  • Computer science (Cloud Data Services)
  • Music (The Evolution of the Modern Bass Guitar)

After the Expo

For some students, presenting at Expo is just a taste of future successes. Recently, several Dominican students presented their research at professional scholarly conferences in their field. 

  • A psychology major won a Regional Research award from Psi Chi (the national honor society in psychology), along with the opportunity to present at the Midwestern Psychological Association meeting.
  • Another psychology student received a travel award and the opportunity to present at the annual Society for Neuroscience meetings.
  • An English major traveled to the United Kingdom to present her undergraduate research project at a professional meeting (New Directions in Austen Studies).

Expo Resources

Past Programs: