University of the Sciences will showcase the diversity and growth of research pursuits on campus during its 12th Annual Research Day and 27th Annual John C. Krantz, Jr., Distinguished Lecture on Thursday, April 10, starting at 9 a.m. Research Day recognizes and highlights the research efforts of faculty, as well as undergraduate and graduate students, to encourage and promote communication and collaboration among researchers.
The day will kick off as dozens of undergraduate students present their research in the McNeil Science and Technology Center, room 237, from 9-11 a.m. USciences distinguishes itself by offering undergraduate students the opportunity to conduct research early in their academic careers. The diverse research activity on display spans several aspects of the University’s scholarly pursuits, including:
- Determining occupational therapists’ role in working with pediatric cancer patients
- Using yoga to improve quality of life for patients with anorexia nervosa
- Identifying predictors of successful post-secondary transitions for autistic students
- More to come…
“The undergraduate students love this event because they come professionally dressed and ready to talk about their research projects,” says Dr. Shanaz Tejani-Butt, PhD, associate dean of the College of Graduate Studies who directs the event. “The graduate students like it because they can showcase what their research is all about; and faculty are proud to walk around saying, ‘My students did that.’"
She also noted that Research Day allows students to experience what veteran scientists do: Hold their work up to the scrutiny of their peers, then answer questions about methodology, results, and conclusions.
“Students and faculty have devoted many hours to work on their projects during the school year, and this event gives them a forum to show it off,” said Dr. Tejani-Butt.
Here’s a list of other events planned for the day:
- The day of activity commences from noon to 1 p.m. in Rosenberger Hall, room 102, with the Krantz Lecture, presented by alumnus Dr. Michael S. Wolfe C'84. As a neurology expert at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Wolfe will present “Molecular Mechanisms of Alzheimer’s Disease and the Road to Therapeutics.”
- Research Day continues with presentations representing more than 150 research abstracts on display from 1-3 p.m. in the Athletic/Recreation Center.
For more information on Research Day, visit www.usciences.edu/researchday. or follow #researchday2014 on social media. Various research activities conducted year-round at USciences, however, are highlighted on social media through use of #movelifeforward.