The University of Montana Conference on Undergraduate Research will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, April 17, on the third floor of the University Center.

The day-long conference, which is free and open to the public, offers opportunities for UM students to present their research and creative scholarship through oral presentations, posters, performances and exhibits. This year’s conference will feature capstone presentations from seniors in UM’s Global Leadership Initiative, which President Royce Engstrom launched in 2011. This year’s seniors will be the first to graduate from the program.

Awards for the top oral presentations and the top posters will be made in five different areas: fine arts, humanities, social sciences, life sciences and physical sciences.

Chemistry Professor Garon Smith will deliver the conference’s keynote address at 12:20 p.m. in the UC Theater. In the “Wizard of UM in New Zealand,” Smith will recount his adventures crossing the islands of New Zealand to bring his chemistry magic to students there, as well as the lessons learned about the country’s environmental challenges.

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