With the emphasis on “learning by doing,” Texas A&M University students will get a chance to showcase their research efforts during Student Research Week set to begin Monday.
Now in its 17th year, Student Research Week is a friendly competition that highlights both undergraduate and graduate research at Texas A&M, one of the country’s top research universities. It fosters an environment for students, faculty and administrators to learn about student research at Texas A&M, but also gives students an opportunity to win numerous awards and cash prizes.
Leading up to this year’s program, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Karan Watson and other top university officials conducted a research-oriented symposium for students.
Each year, hundreds of students compete in poster and oral presentations of their research that covers every academic area. This year, more than $22,000 in prizes will be offered to the winners, says Samarpita Roy, student research director.
“The event allows students to compete against each other, and also to get very important feedback from professors about their work,” Roy explains.
“Many of the students go on to compete in other student research contests and conferences. The quality of work they present each year is always outstanding.”
Judges consist of professors, staff and graduate students.
Students explain their individual projects during a poster competition held this year in the ballroom of the Memorial Student Center (Room 1400).
Student Research Week also features resource tables and speakers. Work from students include such areas as history, fine arts, literature, communication, languages, philosophy, psychology, political science, agriculture, nutrition, medicine, plant and animal sciences, engineering, architecture, math, astronomy, computer science, Earth sciences and many other areas.
The awards ceremony is set for March 28 at 1 p.m. in the MSC.
Roy says online registration is required from all entrants.
For more information, go to the Student Research Week website.
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