I know when most of you think of spring visions of blossoming flowers, warmer weather and singing birds come to mind. But for undergraduate researchers at TU, spring is research presentation season! It’s a time to represent TU at competitions and travel across the U.S. to do it.
All TU students who performed research in the past year will likely participate in the 18th Annual Student Research Colloquium this April. We compete (in a friendly way) for cash prizes and the honor of placing which always looks good on a resume. Last year, along with presenting summer research at the Colloquium, I was also chosen to represent TU at a conference in Lubbock, Texas, where I won a $100 third-place prize for giving a PowerPoint about my nanotechnology solar research!
This March, I’ve been chosen to present my research at the Oklahoma State Capitol rotunda where state legislators will be viewing my poster and listening to what I have to say. I will have to study the names and faces of my personal representatives and other important people so as not to embarrass myself. Since my research has implications for solar energy, I will not only be representing TU, but also an entire form of energy production! Another great thing is that one of my good friends, Austin Evans, a chemical engineering major, will also be joining me as he presents his own research. If I win this conference I’ll be awarded about $7,000 by the state to continue my research this summer at TU.
In April, I will be traveling to Spokane, Wash., to the National Conference on Undergraduate Research where I’ll be joined by another long time friend, Trokon Johnson, an electrical engineering major. I’ll be presenting a poster I made over the summer at Rutgers University (New Jersey) where I conducted green energy piezoelectric research. I’m incredibly lucky to have opportunities where TU and Rutgers are both offering to pay for my trip!
I’m crossing my fingers, toes, and eyes for good luck to place in at least one of these conferences!