SRU students sharing research virtually at April 21 symposium


Student presenting his research

Slippery Rock University’s Symposium for Student Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity, April 21, will be hosted virtually using the ForagerOne online platform. There will be more than 50 oral presentations, poster presentations and performances.

April 18, 2021

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. — Have you ever wanted to learn what Slippery Rock University students are researching? SRU's Symposium for Student Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity is the perfect opportunity to get a sampling of students' work, and it can be done through the convenience of an online platform with the opportunity to chat live with presenters or watch recorded presentations.

The symposium will occur April 21, online with live oral presentations and performances from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and poster presentations with live online chats with presenters from 12:30-1:45 p.m., which is Common Hour, a time on campus when there are no classes scheduled. Attendees can sign up using the ForagerOne online platform and browse the schedule of presentations.

"This is a great opportunity to see what students have researched and discovered regardless of perspective," said Heike Hartmann, professor of geography, geology and environment, who is one of the symposium's organizers. "With the symposium being online, it is very easy to search for topics of interest and to visit posters, oral presentations and performances. Also, browsing through the gallery of presentations becomes effortless. Students with a poster or a pre-recorded presentation will be responding to questions via a written live chat during Common Hour."

There will be 17 oral presentations and performances lasting 20 minutes each and scheduled within 10 sessions throughout the day. Topics range from analyses of dance to invasive plants in Pennsylvania. Attendees can also choose to interact with more than 40 poster presentations during Common Hour.

Not only will attendees benefit from expanding their breadth of knowledge, but the presenters also benefit by gaining experience as presenters and creating content to share on their resumes.

"Having the symposium available online will enable students to share their presentations," Hartmann said. "Being able to present the research to a prospective employer is a powerful statement. The symposium webpage will be online until at least November 2022."

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