April 23, 2021 : By Jacob Couch - Office of Communications & Public Engagement
Following a successful research week last spring, despite all presentations given virtually due to COVID-19, this year’s in-person event at the library proved to be the largest Research Week since its inception in 2017, with 263 presentations.
“Research Week serves to provide all our students — whether residential, online, graduate, or undergraduate — an opportunity to showcase all the hard work they have put into their research, scholarship, and creative works,” Associate Director for the Center for Research & Scholarship Darren Wu said. “It is an opportunity for them to develop soft skills such as demonstrating their work ethic, critical thinking, meeting deadlines, performing under stress, and communication in a low-stakes environment.”
Research Week is a multidisciplinary event. A combined 59 total faculty from several different departments volunteered to serve as the week’s judges, and cash prizes were given to every first-place presentation. This year also offered a new category featuring remote poster presentations for online students.
“Having come from a big public school for undergrad, we never had anything like this that was campus-wide,” said engineering Ph.D. student Daniel Wilson, who won three first-place prizes. “This was an awesome opportunity for us as students to present our research to faculty and other students. And for me, it was also fun to see what everyone else was doing.”
Wu said that the success of this year’s weeklong dedication to in-depth study can be attributed in part to the university’s desire to expand learning opportunities for students.
“Research Week is a résumé builder for our students, for their graduate programs, and future employment. Many institutions offer some kind of internal research symposium, but rarely does the opportunity last for an entire week, have quite as many different venues, or offer cash prizes for winning presentations. That is a reflection of the commitment that our Provost, Dr. Scott Hicks, has for our student researchers.”
View this year’s full list of winners