It’s Research Week at Utah State University – a week-long event that covers everything from research in robotics, water, climate, space…really any science you could think of is represented in one way or another in USU’s research departments and fields.
A couple of events especially for the public take place Thursday and Friday. The student research symposium is going on Thursday until 5 p.m., which gives more than 200 undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to present their work to peers and faculty.
Everyone is invited to attend the short presentations in the Merrill Cazier Library and see the work USU students have been involved in throughout the past year. Scott Bates, associate vice-president and associate dean with the office of Research and Graduate Studies, said the concluding event is called IGNITE-USU that will take place on Friday.
“Ignite is a national speaking series, much like TED-X is,” according to Bates. “It’s designed to get students to give a 5-minute presentation, and they use slides, but those slides auto-forward every 15 seconds. And so if you could imagine giving a presentation where you’re not exactly in control, you have to know your presentation well enough to be able to keep up with the slides that you’ve designed and get your point across.
“So we train those students. The event is in the south atrium of the library here on campus it starts at noon. It’s open to everybody and it’s always standing-room only.”
On KVNU’s For the People program on Wednesday, Bates said it really is the premiere speaking event for research students on campus. The event will close with food, music and the chance to talk to the presenters. More information can be found on research week at rw.usu.edu.