First-Year Students Showcase Research and Develop Vital Skills
Published on April 5, 2021
243 first-year students presented 8 research projects at the First-Year Student Health and Science Fair, which was held virtually. This annual event provides U1 students with their first opportunity to share their work with the USciences community. While the process was different this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the end result was still a celebration of student research.
“Students used Zoom to record their projects from their residence hall or home and found creative ways to engage and inform using this new virtual format.” shared Jesse Swartz, director of student advising.
In a normal year, students would have worked in person with peers from across disciplines to expand their knowledge, and build valuable collaboration skills. This year the groups were formed from individual courses and focused on building community within that course.
“Community building and engagement early in the college experience is a great way to ensure long-term student success. We did not want to lose that experience to COVID.” Swartz explained. “By continuing these research projects and the fair virtually, students worked together to solve a problem, reinforced success skills taught in class, and had the opportunity to share their work with the University community.”
While the virtual format came with its challenges, it provided the opportunity for students to learn additional skills. “Students were also forced to learn new technologies and create presentations in a virtual environment without an example to follow.” Swartz continued. “Hopefully, students will be able to transfer these success skills and ability to adapt to the remainder of their coursework at USciences.”
Presentations from the 2021 First-Year Student Health and Science Fair can be found on their Google Site.