“When one does any kind of meaningful independent research, there should always be a public outcome, whether it’s a presentation, a paper or an exhibit. Sharing your results with others is an important part of being a scholar.” Rebecca Pliske, PhD, Founding Director of URSCI & Professor, Psychology Department
The 2017 URSCI Expo and Global Learning Symposium
will take place on Wednesday, April 5, 2017
This day-long event, held annually the first week of April, has become a highlight of Dominican’s academic year. Over the past two years, approximately 10 percent of the undergraduate population has participated by:
- giving oral presentations
- poster presentations
- exhibiting their artwork
Fellow students can support the presenters and look for inspiration for their own research projects.
Recent Expo presentations included:
- Organic chemistry (Coffee Grounds: The Future Fuel for Cars)
- Apparel merchandising (Rebel Rousers: Analyzing the Boy’s Clothing Market)
- Computer science (Cloud Data Services)
- Music (The Evolution of the Modern Bass Guitar)
After the Expo
For some students, presenting at Expo is just a taste of future successes. Recently, several Dominican students presented their research at professional scholarly conferences in their field.
- A psychology major won a Regional Research award from Psi Chi (the national honor society in psychology), along with the opportunity to present at the Midwestern Psychological Association meeting.
- Another psychology student received a travel award and the opportunity to present at the annual Society for Neuroscience meetings.
- An English major traveled to the United Kingdom to present her undergraduate research project at a professional meeting (New Directions in Austen Studies).