On April 25, 2007 nine students from Elizabeth City State University participated in the University of New Hampshire (UNH) Undergraduate Research Conference (URC), Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Symposium. The event was an opportunity for students to present their research projects in a professional forum and for those attending to be exposed to the research activities and opportunities available at UNH. The conference took place in the Morse Hall Atrium on the campus of UNH and utilized four floors for engineering team projects, electrical engineering design projects, and various research posters and projects.
The URC is a yearly event taking place in the spring showcasing faculty-mentored undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative performances. A goal of this conference is to encourage students to pursue academic careers and advanced study while fostering a multidisciplinary and multicultural community of researchers, scholars, and artists engaged in life-long learning. That evening John McQuaid delivered the keynote presentation entitled "Are We Ready for the Environmental Threats of the 21st Century?." He is the Pulitzer Prize winning author of Path of Destruction: The Devastation of New Orleans and the Coming Age of Superstorms.
Dr. Linda Hayden, Director of The Center of Excellence in Remote Sensing Education and Research (CERSER) led the ECSU representatives. Students from ECSU included: