The day allowed students and faculty to showcase their research as students from Whiteface Middle School attended.
The Department of Geosciences held its 10th annual research day Wednesday. The day showcased ongoing research in the geosciences department by faculty, undergraduate and graduate students, as well as four special guest seventh-graders from Whiteface Middle School.
For more than 10 years, this research day has served as practice for undergraduate and graduate students to present research in a conference setting. The day showcased a total of 33 abstracts by students and faculty, 25 of them presented by undergraduate students. Awards were presented following the presentations.
Dustin Sweet, assistant professor in the Department of Geosciences, said research day provides students with a chance to practice communicating their research to people who are unfamiliar with their work.
“This is an especially important opportunity for our undergraduate researchers because they don't travel to professional meetings as much as our graduate students,” Sweet said.
Senior Elaine Keim said research day is one of the last events she has before graduation.
“The department has this day for all of the undergraduates who are graduating,” Keim said. “We present our research to the judges and anybody else who wants to come.”
Four seventh-grade students from Whiteface Middle School were invited to participate in the research day. These students had the opportunity to present their science project to those in attendance. Their project covers chronic wounds and the best practices to help heal those wounds. Next month, these students will take their science project to a national competition.
Laura Wilbanks, a science instructor at Whiteface, said they've been invited to participate in research day for several years now and the day provides a great opportunity for Whiteface students to get ready for their upcoming competition.
“It allows them to get really good practice because at this stage, we are rusty,” Wilbanks said. “The students have been really good workers this year.”
The Department of Geosciences offers a wide range of courses, research and experience related to atmospheric and earth sciences. Degree programs include atmospheric science, geology and geophysics, geosciences and geography.