Students to showcase research with peers

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Complete countless hours of research, write a lengthy organized paper, turn it in and move on to the next subject. The routine can bog students down, leaving them with little to no time to relish in all the new knowledge they’ve gained, let alone share it with others.

However, Pacific University’s Undergraduate Research Conference aims to promote the joys of learning by giving students the opportunity to strut their intellectual stuff. Set for Nov. 12, the conference allows for current students to both present scholarly work of their own and learn more about how research can help prepare them for further education and careers in their field.

The ‘Research to Careers’ themed conference will feature an alumni panel from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in McGill Auditorium, presenting a “broad cross-section of CAS disciplines” including natural sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities. According to Kevin Johnson, Director of Undergraduate Research & Summer Learning, this panel in particular will discuss how Pacific graduates have used their undergraduate research to shape and navigate their careers.

Following the panel is students’ chance to share their own research. This can be done through posters, panel presentations, or multimedia displays in Scott Hall from 5:45 p.m. to 7:10 p.m. And, in a message sent out to all CAS students, Johnson assures students their research doesn’t even need to be 100% completed to share. Works in progress are also accepted, as taking in visitors’ feedback as well as presentation practice can often better projects and ease students nerves.

But what’s the catch? There is none, that is, if students sign up quick enough. The registration deadline, Oct. 15, is approaching is less than a week but is still open to interested students. To register for presentations or learn more about the event students can visit Pacific’s online calendar, find Nov. 12 and select ‘Pacific University Undergraduate Research Conference’.

The evening of knowledge sharing will cap off at 7:15 p.m. in the Scott Hall Lobby with closing remarks and awards for outstanding presentations — plus raffles prizes. Appetizers will be served in the same area and supervised activities for small children are also available to any guardians in attendance.


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