| A Great Experiment: Faculty Helps
A GAUGE-ON-A-ROPE to simultaneously check
temperatures at various depths of lake water.
A device that would allow students to open a
residence hall garage from their cars. In-depth
observations on weather in space.
These were three of several dozen research
projects presented at Seattle Pacific University’s first Undergraduate Research
Conference, held in May. At the one-day conference sponsored by the College of
Arts and Sciences, students presented their findings in the fields of science,
technology, engineering or mathematics.
SPU science faculty members served as
mentors for individuals or groups of students in preparation for the conference.
For each project, the faculty members helped students decide how to conduct and
present their research in a professional manner within the low-pressure environment
of an all-student forum. Students participated either by reading their research
papers or by displaying their experiments, designs and inventions in a poster
According to Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering Melani Plett,
was meant to spur scientific research at
Seattle Pacific. “It was the kickoff for a new
emphasis in undergraduate research,” she says. Keynote speaker Michael Doyle,
professor of chemistry at the University of Arizona, urged students to view scientific
research as a possible vocation.
The event was judged by Assistant Professor
of Mathematics Russ Killingsworth to be
a great scientific experiment of sorts. “It was a
huge success,” he says. “We had a speaker who knew how to relate to the students,
and we had a strong turnout. Up to 100 people at a time came to the presentations.
Faculty members helped students experience what it is like to be presenters at
a professional conference.”
The Undergraduate Research Conference will likely
be held next year in the new Science Building, which opens in the fall. With
the state-of-the-art facilities and labs in
the Science Building, says Killingsworth, “students will have a lot more opportunities
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