By Emilia Kalogiannis
The Undergraduate Research and Arts Colloquium is the perfect was to get out of the lab and showcase your research while interacting with faculty, peers and like-minded researchers. However, it is important not to merely attend the colloquium but to make the most of your time.
The Office of Undergraduate Research has packed poster, oral and art presentations into the day-long event. Over 500 students are presenting at this years colloquium so it can get a bit overwhelming.
Check out these tips to ensure the most effective colloquium experience:
- Take the pamphlet!
Take one of the information pamphlets upon entering the colloquium. The pamphlet includes all of the information you need about the event including session times and detailed topics that each presentation covers. This will help you strategically plan your time to check out the presentations that most interest you.
- Talk to EVERYONE
The hundreds of students who are presenting are there to discuss their research! Don’t be afraid to walk up to a poster, ask questions or just admire a student’s work. Presenters will be happy to explain their work and you might learn something new!
- Bring Business cards
The colloquium is a perfect way to network with people in your field. You never know who you may bump into or what opportunity may come your way. Bring business cards to connect with people and make a lasting impression.
- Branch out of your comfort zone
The colloquium is all about encouraging research and creativity. Check out a poster on a topic you’ve never heard of or isn’t in your line of research. Connecting with different fields is a great way to collaborate and broaden your understanding for research all together. You may even surprise yourself by catching interest for something you never thought you would!
- Follow up
Don’t let your experience end once you leave the colloquium. Remember to email people you met to stay connected. Also, use #OUR17 to share your experiences on social media both while your at the colloquium and afterwards.