Texas A&M University will showcase next week high-quality research conducted by its students, with more than 600 of them entering projects for judging during Student Research Week (SRW) in the Memorial Student Center.
Vineet Bhambhani, SRW director, says the mission of SRW is to recognize and celebrate student research at Texas A&M and to foster an environment for students, faculty, staff and administrators to learn about the research taking place at the university.
“Students presenting posters and papers get invaluable feedback from faculty members, industry professionals and other graduate students in their field,” Bhambhani adds. “SRW 2013 focuses on out-of-the-class learning for oral and poster competitors.”
In addition to these sessions, Bhambhani explains that every student has the opportunity to volunteer during the week and support their peers by attending any of the poster or oral-presentation sessions.
SRW events include expert panels, resource tables, research symposiums and addresses from esteemed speakers. Graduate students who volunteer to serve as judges gain valuable experience. Undergraduate and graduate students will present research in areas such as history, literature, fine arts, communication, languages, philosophy, psychology, sociology, anthropology, business, education, political science, public policy, health, nutrition, medical sciences, plant and animal sciences, engineering, architecture, math, statistics, computer science, astronomy, physics and Earth sciences.
Brett Cornwell, associate vice chancellor for commercialization at Texas A&M, will speak about the relationship between commercialization and research at the opening ceremonies set for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday (March 26) in Room 2406A of the Memorial Student Center.
The theme for this year is “Where curiosity speaks” and Bhambhani and the other organizers say they acknowledge the fact that every ground breaking technology, and the research surrounding it, is undertaken by people who love what they do.
“Their curiosity and imagination makes them question the essence of the matter, followed by a continual search for answers of self-posed questions,” Bhambhani says. “Revealing these answers when stumbled upon then becomes elemental.”
In planning SRW, the organizers say they embraced the ideology of Steve Jobs, "Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. Everything else is secondary."
“The team of SRW this year provides every Aggie a chance to let their curiosity speak,” Bhambhani adds.
Photos are available at http://www.facebook.com/StudentResearchWeek2013.