HAMMOND | Some 242 Purdue University Calumet students will convene at the campus’ Student Union & Library during Student Research Day on April 4 to showcase research projects they have advanced the past year.
There are 127 project presentations on the agenda, up 28 percent from last year. The number of student researchers represents a 43 percent increase from a year ago.
The day-long event seeks to promote, inspire and display opportunities by which Purdue Calumet students learn through engagement – an experiential learning initiative of the university required of all students. Each presented project includes a written summary and an oral or poster presentation.
Demonstrations begin at 8:30 a.m. and continue until 4:30 p.m.
Student researchers represent all six of Purdue Calumet’s six academic schools: Engineering, Mathematics and Science; Liberal Arts and Social Sciences; Education; Management; Nursing; and Technology.
“This event serves as the main celebration of undergraduate and graduate student research accomplishments throughout the year,” Purdue Calumet Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Chenn Zhou said. “Student research is very important for academic learning and our students’ future.”
Professor and Student Research Coordinator Ruijian Zhang added, “Student Research Day trains students for the ability to display what their job will be all about. This isn’t just about research; it’s about communication, as well.”
Kenninger Professor of Renewable Energy & Power Systems and Director of the Purdue University Center for Systems Integrity Doug Adams will be the keynote luncheon speaker, discussing the significance of conducting research as a student.
Dinner and an awards ceremony will cap off the day, with research recognition presented in four categories: Undergraduate Oral, Graduate Oral, Undergraduate Poster and Graduate Poster. First, second and third place winners within these four categories, according to faculty judges, will receive monetary awards.