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First campus-wide research symposium to be held at Portland State
Author: John Kirkland
Posted: May 1, 2013

From radon hazards to bicycle transportation, from eco-roofs to social network theory, the work of 250 students will be on display Wednesday, May 8 at Portland State University’s first-ever Campus-Wide Student Research Symposium.

The event will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Smith Memorial Student Union.  Undergraduate and graduate students of all disciplines will give presentations and present posters of their work.

The University historically has held smaller research displays from individual schools and departments, but this will be the first time it has included the entire campus.

“We’re building a research culture at Portland State, and we want to highlight what goes on here. This will give students across the University – from the humanities to science and engineering, undergraduates and graduates – an opportunity to present their research. It’s an important part of their development: to present to the public and to their peers,” said Margaret Everett, PSU’s associate vice provost and dean of graduate studies. 

The main area of activity will be the ballroom on the third floor of Smith Memorial Student Union.  It will include poster displays from 121 students. The posters will be shown all day, and the students who created them will be available to answer questions from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.   Another 130 students will give oral presentations throughout the day in other rooms at Smith.

Everett said the symposium will be an annual event. 

The symposium is sponsored by PSU’s Office of Graduate Studies, Research and Sponsored Projects, University Honors Program, Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation, McNairs Scholar Program, and Sigma Xi.