Photo gallery: Undergraduates share their research at the Undergraduate Research Symposium
Undergraduate students do impressive research, but they rarely get the chance to share it with a wider audience. The multi-disciplinary Undergraduate Research Symposium on April 6, 2018, was organized as a way for honours students to “describe their research to a diverse audience in an academic setting.” Close to 40 students from six Faculties delivered five-minute presentations and then participated in question-and-answer sessions moderated by SFU faculty members Paul Budra (English), Aoife Mac Namara (Communication, Art and Technology), Geoff Mann (Geography) and Rochelle Tucker (Health Sciences). More than 150 visitors—students, faculty and staff, friends and family members—attended the event at the Halpern Centre.
All four faculty moderators emphasized the value of the event as a learning experience for the participants. “I think it’s important for students to experience what it’s like to present an academic paper and to think on their feet,” said Paul Budra. And they were enthusiastic about the quality of the presentations they heard. Geoff Mann observed, “If every student that SFU graduates can give a five-minute talk like this at the end of their education, then we are doing a good job.”
The symposium was notable for its collaborative nature; it was sponsored by the offices of the VP Research and the VP Academic, and was co-led by the Teaching and Learning Centre and the Library with support from Research Operations and Student Engagement and Retention.