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Two Student Conferences in One Exciting Online Event!

April 23rd, 2021


The Undergraduate Research Conference: A Symposium of Scholarly Works & Creative Projects

The Undergraduate Research Conference celebrates student research, scholarly works, and creative projects that may result in an original contribution to the discipline.

Student Impact & Innovation Showcase

The Student Impact & Innovation Showcase celebrates engaged learning. Participating students will share projects that have resulted from internships, independent studies or other community engagement activities.



Conference Agenda

9:00 a.m. Welcome Remarks

9:30 a.m. Conference Session I
Oral session (9:30-10:30)
Poster session (9:45-10:45)
10:45 a.m. Conference Session II
Oral session (10:45-11:45)
Poster session (11:00-12:00)

11:45 a.m. Lunch Break

12:45 p.m. Keynote Address: Ronald Rael: Rasquachando!

2:15 p.m. Conference Session III
Poster session (2:15-3:15)
Oral session (2:30-3:30)
3:30 p.m. Conference Session IV
Poster session (3:30-4:30)

Registration is now open!

The conference will begin at 9:00 am MST on Friday, April 23rd, 2021. Conference agenda will be posted here and on the event website in early April. Presenters and all attendees should register here. 

Keynote Speaker 

Ronald Rael

Ronald RaelRonald Rael is an applied architectural researcher, author, design entrepreneur, and thought leader in the fields of additive manufacturing, borderwall studies, and earthen architecture. His research interests connect indigenous and traditional material practices to contemporary technologies and issues. He often teaches graduate design thesis and undergraduate courses on Design & Activism.

As a professor of architecture at the University of California, Berkeley, he is the Eva Li Memorial Chair in Architecture,  Director of the Masters of Architecture program, and Director of the printFARM Laboratory (print Facility for Architecture, Research and Materials). He holds a joint appointment in the Department of Architecture, in the College of Environmental Design, and the Department of Art Practice and is both a Bakar and Hellman Fellow. 

The London Design Museum awarded his creative practice, Rael San Fratello, (with architect Virginia San Fratello), the Beazley Award in 2021 for the design of the year, one of the most prestigious awards in design internationally. In 2014 his practice was named an Emerging Voice by The Architectural League of New York—one of the most coveted awards in North American architecture. In 2016 Rael San Fratello was also awarded the Digital Practice Award of Excellence by the The Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA).

Rael is the author of Borderwall as Architecture: A Manifesto for the U.S.-Mexico Boundary (University of California Press 2017), an illustrated biography and protest of the wall dividing the U.S. from Mexico featured in a recent TED talk by Rael, and Earth Architecture (Princeton Architectural Press, 2008), a history of building with earth in the modern era to exemplify new, creative uses of the oldest building material on the planet. 

His work can be seen in several documentary films produced by The Museum of Modern Art for his work on the U.S.-Mexico border and for additive manufacturing, by KQED in an emmy winning documentary film about the work of his creative practice, by The New Yorker, and for his humanitarian initiatives with the international aid organization Alight (formerly the American Refugee Committee).


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Sheryl Zajdowicz
"The Student Impact and Innovation Showcase and the Undergraduate Research Conference are two events that truly showcase the breadth and diversity of experiential learning at MSU Denver."

Sheryl Zajdowicz

Professor and Chair of Biology

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