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Marshak named Director of Undergraduate Research


School of Physics and Astronomy professor Marvin Marshak has been named faculty director of undergraduate research at the University.

Marshak will lead the university's effort to expand undergraduate research opportunities and to make research a hallmark of the University of Minnesota undergraduate experience. He will work with colleges to develop new opportunities for students to participate in research and to make current opportunities more visible and more accessible.

The new Office for Undergraduate Research will include the current Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) and will connect with undergraduate research programs housed in colleges and elsewhere in the university.

"Professor Marshak is the perfect candidate to take undergraduate research at the U to new levels," Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Education Craig Swan said. "He has served as head of the School of Physics and Astronomy as well as senior vice president for academic affairs at the university, and his commitment to undergraduate students is legendary on the Twin Cities campus."

"Marvin is an outstanding choice to lead the expansion of undergraduate research at the university," University of Minnesota Provost Tom Sullivan said. "He conducts an active and highly regarded research program in particle physics and has involved undergraduate students extensively in his own work, as well as leading numerous other efforts to improve undergraduate education at the university."

Marshak earned his doctorate degree in physics from the University of Michigan in 1970. He then joined the University of Minnesota and has since won every teaching, advising and service award offered by the university and the Institute of Technology.

"Experience in research is an excellent way for the university to add real educational value for our undergraduate students," Marshak said. "Enhancing the student experience is clearly important in helping the university reach its goal to be one of the top three public research universities in the world. I look forward to helping our students and our university get there."