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In the early years of the University of Virginia, the academic year concluded with “Public Day”, when the students would present their research to the public, inviting the community to the grounds to share in the fruits of their studies.  The tradition faded away in the mid-nineteenth century, but this spring the university begins the revival of the tradition with a public event on April 11, followed by a week-long exhibition. 

The Public Day Presentations, Reception and Exhibition will be free and open to the public.

Presentations and Reception: April 11, 2014 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Watch the presentation videos on YouTube >

Exhibition: April 14 – 18, 2:00 – 5:00 pm, daily

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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.