Each year, approximately 40 undergraduate researchers from the UM-system travel to Jefferson City to visit with Missouri legislators, government officials and other stakeholders. The purpose of this event is to demonstrate to lawmakers in Jefferson City the unique opportunities undergraduate students have to participate with faculty in research at the UM campuses Many lawmakers do not differentiate between regional colleges and public research universities, and URD@C serves as an opportunity to showcase our undergraduate researchers and the unique quality of undergraduate education at a research institution. This event underscores higher education's role in developing educated citizens and preparing a work force with the necessary skills to advance Missouri’s economic growth.
Faculty can nominate an undergraduate researcher to represent UMKC at URD@C by clicking here. The deadline for doing so is October 21, 2016.