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177 students present research projects

Dr. Niaz Latif
Interim Associate Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Studies Dr. Niaz Latif gives opening remarks during lunch.

Purdue Calumet held its annual Student Research Days March 29 and 30 on campus.  This event, open to all students, encourages them to conduct research with faculty mentors and present their results to the campus community.

Presentation viewing was open to the public and featured 177 students presenting 102 projects from the following schools at Purdue Calumet: Engineering, Mathematics and Sciences, Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, Management, Nursing, and Technology.  The projects consist of a written summary and an oral or poster presentation.

Phyu Phyu Aung Myint, Yangon, China
Phyu Phyu Aung Myint, Yangon, China, presents her project titled “Is Fair Value Measurement fair?: A note on conversation to international students.

Presentations were given from 9-5:30 p.m. March 29 with a break at 12 p.m. for keynote speaker, Robert Palumbo from Valparaiso University.

Presentations resumed March 30 at 9 a.m. Student Research Days closed with an awards ceremony at 11:30 a.m.

“The vision of the Student Research Days is to increase the participation in student research at PUC and support a culture and climate where student and faculty collaboration flourishes through shared scholarship and research,” said Ruijian Zhang, coordinator of undergraduate student research.  “Now in PUC, more than 10 percent of students are engaged in research under faculty supervision. This becomes an important part of the strategic plan of our university.”

Steve Dubec (left) and Dan Ellch
Steve Dubec (left) and Dan Ellch, both from Crown Point, present their project on 3-D Protein Visualization as an Educational Tool.

Projects for Student Research Days are evaluated by faculty judges selected by the deans of each school on both a written summary and the presentation. Three awards are given for each of the following categories: Graduate Oral, Graduate Poster, Undergraduate Oral and Undergraduate Poster.  First, second and third place winners received $400, $250 and $100 respectively.

Projects from the School of Nursing included A Synthesis of the Evidence for Transfer, Implementation and Evaluation of an Evidence-based Nosocomial Pressure Ulcer Audit Tool and Fall Rate Reduction Strategies in the Hospitalized Adult Medical-Surgical Population. Self-Regard and Congruence Between Real and Ideal Body Image and Social and Emotional Characteristics of Isolated Adolescents are among projects presented by the School of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences students.

School of Management students presented on topics such as How Accountants Retain Knowledge and A Study on Green Supply Chain Drivers, Green Practices and Green Supply chain Performance Measures.

Projects from the students in the School of Engineering, Mathematics and Science included IPad App for Learning Genetics and A Mathematical Model for the Emergence of HIV Drug Resistance during Time-varyin Antiretroviral TreatmentClimate Effect on Lake George and Development of Virtual Wind Turbines are among those presented by students in the School of Technology.

More information about Student Research Days can be obtained by contacting Ruijian Zhang at 219/989-2706 or