MEDIA ADVISORY: U.Va. Summer Education Programs Conclude with Unique Ceremonies July 26 and July 30

July 25, 2012 — The history of Charlottesville's Lewis Mountain Road neighborhood, and research on a wide array of educational issues – all the work of middle-, high- and undergraduate students participating in University of Virginia summer programs – will be presented in two separate closing ceremonies July 26 and 30.

Students who participated in the Curry School of Education's Summer Enrichment Program, a residential program for gifted middle- and high-school students, will install the last of a three-part panel series documenting the history of the Lewis Mountain Road neighborhood at a closing ceremony July 26.

The ceremony will take place at 2:50 p.m. at Lambeth House, a U.Va. property that is part of the Lewis Mountain Road neighborhood. Students conducted their research on the neighborhood for an architectural history course they took. Their findings document the history of the neighborhood, and provide answers to questions about the multitude of artifacts found on the grounds of Lambeth House, located at 1912 Thomson Road.

SEP students are given an opportunity to take upper-level courses in a variety of topics including nanoscience, ancient history and architecture, said Julie Baird, director of U.Va.'s SEP. It's a very popular program that fills quickly. This year, 850 students participated.

REPORTERS: Julie Baird, U.Va. Curry School's SEP director, can be reached at 434-996-9222 and

On July 30, students participating in the Summer Undergraduate Research Program, or SURP, will give poster presentations on their research from 3:30-4:15 p.m., which range from how fifth-grade mathematics classes are structured to the stark differences between a parent’s and a teacher’s perceptions of school readiness.

SURP introduces undergraduates to educational research training and development. The eight-week residential program matches students from colleges and universities all over the nation with faculty members at the Curry School. These students work side-by-side with faculty in educational research or education policy, said director Denise Strickland. This year, eight undergraduates representing seven colleges and universities participated.

Remarks from Bob Pianta, dean of the Curry School, will begin at 4:15 p.m., and a reception will follow at 4:40 p.m.

The ceremony will be held in Bavaro Hall, at 417 Emmet St., in room 116, also known as Holloway Hall.

REPORTERS: Denise Strickland, U.Va. Curry School's SURP director, can be reached at 803-917-7153 and