VINCENNES, Ind. - Vincennes University hosted the sixth annual
College of Science, Engineering, and Mathematics Undergraduate
Research Showcase on December 4, on the second floor of Updike Hall.
The showcase provided students the opportunity to display their
research posters in ecology and evolution, oceanography, weather and
climate, and animal agriculture.
Students welcomed those in attendance and explained in great
detail the various projects. The work of more than 40 students was displayed.
“The purpose is to give students the experience of creating a
presentation of research that they do, which is a very common thing
that scientists do to communicate their ideas,” said Curt Coffman,
dean of the College of Science, Engineering, and Mathematics.
“It gives them experience that they may need once they become a
professional or a grad student or as a junior or senior, if they have
to go to a conference and make a presentation. For some of the classes
they are individual research projects where they have to research a
topic. Other classes they are doing actual experimental research and
are presenting that research just like you would as a scientist at a conference.
“The benefit is they’re learning communication skills. Not just
how to put a poster together. They have to stand by their poster and
talk to strangers, and tell them about their information. That
one-on-one speaking is a skill that is invaluable for our students.
The more of those kind of experiences we give them as first-year and
second-year students they will be so much more prepared when they
transfer because most schools are not having freshman and sophomore
students doing these kind of things.”
MARCIA MARTINEZ, University Life Reporter & Sports
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