Research Days 2017 showcases student research

Lisa Keys-Mathews, the director of the Quality Enhancement Program said she hopes to expand research opportunities to appeal to students who are intimidated by traditional research presentation methods.

by Life Editor Monday Sanderson

After months of hard work, students will have the opportunity to present their research at the 2017 Research Days April 10-12.

The participants will display their posters in the Guillot University Center atrium.

Oral presentations will take place in the Stone Lodge loft.

The 3 Minute Thesis competition will take place in Norton Auditorium. The 3 Minute Thesis Competition is a way to present research in a short time to people who are not familiar

with the topic.

The Individual College Pre-Final

Competitions for the 3 Minute Thesis Competition was April 4 in Norton Auditorium.

Lisa Keys-Mathews, director of the Quality Enhancement Program, said this is an opportunity for students to have professionals critique their work. She said employers also appreciate job applicants with research experience.

“Research Days is an opportunity for students to present their research that they could have been working on for a year or more,” Keys-Mathews said. “It’s for undergrad and graduate students, and they have the chance to present in forum to their colleagues.”

There are three tiers students can

participate in. In tier one, students present a poster. In tier two, in addition to the poster there is a three minute speech. Participants in tier three present a 7 – 9 minute speech.

Keys-Mathews said she hopes to expand research opportunities to appeal to students who are intimidated by traditional research presentation methods.

The presentations will feature a variety of subjects. The students from one area will not present at one time.

Danielowicz said she presented on learning styles.

“After presenting a short presentation in my ED 292 class, (Assistant Secondary Education Professor Gary Padgett) pushed me to work with him on learning styles research and challenged me to participate in 3 minute thesis,” she said. “It was nerve wracking as I had never presented research before, but I received so much support, especially from the education department.”

Danielowicz said she recommends people participate in future Research Days.

“If you are considering participating in any part of Research Days, do it,” she said. “You won’t regret it. I learned that even if something seems overwhelming or difficult, I can accomplish it. I also learned that there is such a great community for support of research across the colleges.”