Submitted by Hilary Eppley / DePauw University on Sun, 11/02/2008 - 16:18
Hi everyone,We are getting ready for our annual summer research poster session this week at DePauw. We typically hold it in the fall and invite both science and non-science students who did research over the summer, regardless of who supported their research financially. We usually have it on a weeknight and provide snacks (in addition to students and faculty, we also invite local prospective students and members of our Science Advisory Board that are local). As we have larger university-wide discussions about research on campus, various people on campus are thinking about ideas such as an "Undergraduate Research Day", and ways to get research completed by seniors in the spring into the mix. How do YOU celebrate the accomplishments of undergraduate researchers on your campuses? Do you have two "celebrations"? One in the fall for the summer research students and one in the spring for thesis type students? How do you deal with the presentation of research in the arts, humanities, and social sciences, that might not lend themselves to a poster format? Who do you invite? Where does the funding come from? Do you give prizes? If so, what are the prizes? --Hilary
Jim Goll / Edgewood College

Edgewood College has an undergraduate research conference in April of each year.  Their are both oral, performance, and poster presentations.  The performance based presentations are appropriate for the arts and humanities.  Certificates for outstanding presentations are earned and we usually have a speaker. 


James G. Goll Associate Professor of Chemistry Chair--Physical Sciences Edgewood College Madison, WI 53711

Sun, 11/02/2008 - 18:05 Permalink
Adam Johnson / Harvey Mudd College

Harvey Mudd College has an annual Presentation Days, a celebration of student research.  We actually end the spring semester 3 days early and devote the last 3 days of the semester to this.  Monday and Wednesday are research presentations mostly split along departmental lines (we have Chem, Bio, and a "biochemistry" session for example).  Tuesday is engineering clinic presentations.  We do about 10 minute talks for this. 

Recently, only in the last 2-3 years, we have instituted a fall poster session where all the summer research is presented as posters in the dining hall.  These are legal-sized sheets of paper fashioned after NSF nuggets.  The students don't really present the posters, they just all hang up for a day.


Tue, 11/04/2008 - 12:09 Permalink
Nancy Williams / Scripps College, Pitzer College, Claremont McKenna College
We have students present summer research in a big symposium during the first (incomplete) week of school (before lab starts). This is a very visible way to showcase their work. We have less exposure with senior thesis talks in November, but some lower-division students attend these. They aren't well publicized though, and we don't want to change that, because it's intended to be a safe "my first research seminar" environment. They do a poster session throughout the halls of our building at the end of the year, and that's much more public (and leaves our walls decorated with research posters for the year!)
Tue, 11/11/2008 - 11:51 Permalink