2021 President’s Letter

Letter from the Crawfords

27th Undergraduate Research Forum, April 21st 2021

Welcome to the 2021 Undergraduate Research Forum—a celebration of inquiry, creativity, and knowledge creation—hallmarks of the Miami University Experience. This is the second consecutive year that the Forum will be a virtual event, and we hope that it will provide the opportunity for presenters and participants alike to engage with each other in new and innovative ways.

For 27 years, this forum has highlighted our faculty and students using research to extend the Miami University classroom education into laboratories, fieldwork, and our surrounding communities. Through analyzing data, designing studies to advance scholarship, and presenting results, Miami students demonstrate skills that are essential to success in today’s global and interconnected world. The annual Undergraduate Research Forum is an incredible showcase of Miami’s student-as-scholar model.

This year, we celebrate 220 projects presented by just over 400 undergraduate researchers, who are mentored by 110 faculty. Our sincere gratitude goes out to the faculty mentors who guide this undergraduate experience—an experience that has differentiated Miami University for generations. In addition to these faculty, we also proudly recognize the 65 graduate student mentors who played significant roles in 75 of these projects. A special thanks to Miami Online, IT Services, University Libraries, Career Services, and Student Disability Services, who have assisted the Office of Research for Undergraduates to bring the Online Forum to life. Likewise, thank you to the students, faculty, and staff whose participation makes this virtual Forum a success. 

During the 2020-21 academic year, approximately 2,000 Miami students have worked with professors/mentors on funded research. This is yet another example of how Miami embraces the power of scholarly research to not only enhance the student experience but also change the world.

In Love and Honor,

Dr. Gregory P. Crawford

Dr. Renate J. Crawford
University Ambassador

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