Utah State University student Kirsten Barker, center, presents climate research titled “A Storm We Call Progress” with Laurana Wheeler Roderer, left, during Undergrad Research Day at the Capitol in Salt Lake City. The annual gathering, initiated in 2000, highlights the importance of undergraduate research to students, local communities and to the state of Utah. Students presenting at the event practice engaging in public outreach and polishing presentation skills. By explaining their research in clear, nontechnical terms to event attendees, including legislators, presenters practice communicating their work succinctly and accessibly.