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The second annual Public Day exhibition and reception will make the scholarly and creative achievements of UVA students visible to the larger public. The Public Day exhibition and reception will highlight exemplary scholarship, research, and creative work of the University’s undergraduate, graduate, and post-doc students.

The 2015 Public Day events will take place on Friday, April 10th from 3 - 6 pm on the Lawn, where research posters will be displayed, accompanied by student presentations; with an exhibition at OpenGrounds as well as sites within the Charlottesville community (libraries and schools) for the month after the event.

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This year, approximately 50 student projects will be selected through a nomination process involving both students and the Deans’ offices of each of the 11 schools. We seek your nominations for students/teams whose project(s) exemplify scholarly and creative achievement. We are particularly interested in work that may have received recognition through a review process of some kind, competition, faculty selection, etc.

Submit your nominations by Friday, March 7 at 5 pm.

Nominations should include:
1. The students name(s)
2. A brief abstract (no more than 500 words), including a description of the project and why you have chosen this student/team.
3. One pdf/jpg image to better illustrate the project (optional)

Selected students will be notified of their nomination and invited to participate by March 23. OpenGrounds will work with students to create and print the posters for the Public Day exhibit on April 10.


At UVA we have hundreds of projects, thousands of students, and cutting edge facilities. With ideas ranging from global immersive experience to ground-breaking scholarship, UVA students have produced work with global impact. Schools and universities around the world are starting programs similar to this UVa tradition. The idea of Public Day is to highlight these student achievements that have already impacted thousands of lives.

Each year students participate in events around the University to compete with the best and brightest for the top spots. Public Day would give the public and the University community the opportunity to see the outstanding scholarship and the powerful student ideas behind them. Scholarship, research, and creative work from undergraduate and graduate students across Grounds as well as the results of university-wide opportunities will be presented and displayed during Public Day at OpenGrounds to highlight the outstanding activities occurring around the university. Capstone projects from each school will be represented, as well as various winners of university-wide programs, such as Harrison Awards, Jefferson Public Citizens, OpenGrounds Challenges, and business plan competitions.

2014 Presentations and Reception: April 11, 2014 6:00 – 8:00 pm
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