March 20, 2012

Texas A&M Recognizes Young Scholars With Student Research Week

Hundreds of Texas A&M University students engage in real-world research in a variety of experiments and studies, and those projects are the core of Student Research Week, now in its 15th year.

Today through Friday (March 23), at least 500 students – both undergraduate and graduate – will compete in Student Research Week for more than $12,000 in cash and prizes. Poster competitions and oral presentations are part of the competition, and poster displays will be available for viewing from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. the entire week at Rudder Exhibit Hall, says Tracie Lowe, adviser for the Graduate Student Council.

“The goal is to promote understanding and awareness of the research done by Texas A&M students,” explains Lowe. “We have some outstanding student researchers at Texas A&M, and this is a way of promoting their work in a positive university environment. Our aim is to recognize and celebrate student research at Texas A&M.”

Texas A&M annually is among the nation’s top 20 institutions in research expenditures, totaling about $689 million this year, according to figures from the National Science Foundation, so it is only natural that the university offers a host of learning opportunities for students who want to expand their learning experiences, organizers add.

Much of the entire university community gets involved with Student Research Week. There are 200 judges comprised of faculty, staff and students, and about 230 volunteers donate their time to make the week a success, Lowe adds.

Student Research Week programs are planned and funded by Texas A&M’s Graduate Student Council, and it is believed to be one of the largest student research programs in the country, organizers say.

The week offers various events, such as resource tables, luncheons, research symposiums, speakers and other opportunities aimed at honoring and communicating the benefits of  research done by Texas A&M students.

For more information about Student Research Week, visit here.

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Contact: Keith Randall, News & Information Services, at (979) 845-4644

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