Undergraduates Recognized For Research Excellence Someone wandering into the Glass Pavilion on the Homewood campus last Thursday afternoon, seeing the dozens of happy, well-dressed undergraduates mingling about, could have reasonably thought she had stumbled into a party. And it was, of a sort. But rather than celebrating spring's arrival or semester's end or homecoming's return, these students were showing off what most of them do best: research. And they came together from across the university to be recognized as winners of the 1995 Provost's Undergraduate Awards for Research and Excellence. "When undergraduates leave Hopkins, one of the things they talk about is the opportunity they had to do independent research," said Interim Provost Steve Knapp, looking over several rows of research posters, mounted for presentation by 36 of the 49 winners. "It would be hard to find another university with so clear a mission as Hopkins--to combine teaching with cutting-edge research. And we've stuck to that mission since [first university president Daniel Coit] Gilman." The awards were created in 1993 by then-Provost Joseph Cooper in an effort to encourage undergraduates to engage in research activity. Students work closely with a faculty adviser, getting experience not only in directing research but also in applying for grants. The research is performed in either the summer or fall by freshmen, sophomores and juniors, and those projects selected by a committee headed by Vice Provost for Research Ted Poehler receive cash awards of up to $2,500, a sum underwritten by the Independent College Fund of Maryland. They also have the option of receiving academic credit for their work. "This is the best part of being around Hopkins," Poehler said. "There are just so many bright students doing such interesting work." The deadline for fall grant applications is April 12. Students can pick up grant applications at the Provost's Office, 276 Garland Hall.
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