‘Explorations in Research’ scheduled for Feb. 22

The Office of Experiential Learning and Immersion Vanderbilt invites undergraduate students to attend the fifth annual Explorations in Research on Wednesday, Feb. 22, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Student Life Center Ballroom. The event will convene researchers from all disciplines to network with students and foster possible new collaborations.

This year the program will feature keynote speaker Katherine Friedman, associate provost for undergraduate research and associate professor and vice chair of Biological Sciences. Friedman directs a research laboratory that seeks to clarify how cells maintain the integrity of their DNA, with research endeavors that lie at the intersection of DNA replication and DNA repair. She also serves as co-director of the NIH-funded MARC (Maximizing Access to Research Careers) program, which aims to increase the number of individuals from underrepresented groups in biomedical research by preparing students for successful application to and graduation from Ph.D. and M.D./Ph.D. biomedical training programs. Friedman’s involvement in the START (STEM Transition and Retention) program encourages early entry into research through the development of mentoring groups involving Vanderbilt graduate students and postdoctoral fellows and first- and second-year students with interest in STEM disciplines.

After Friedman’s remarks, there will be faculty research presentations and a networking session. Faculty from all disciplines are invited to meet with other faculty and students interested in cross-campus and Immersion Vanderbilt project collaboration.

Faculty, staff and students who are interested in participating in or attending Explorations in Research can register online.

For more information on Explorations in Research, please email the Office of Experiential Learning and Immersion Vanderbilt at