Purdue Calumet Research Day April 3 to feature projects by 263 students
HAMMOND, Ind. — Some 263 Purdue University Calumet students will present their research projects during the university’s Student Research Day Thursday (4/3) in the Student Union & Library.
Students enrolled in each of Purdue Calumet’s six academic colleges and graduate study will present 132 projects, showcasing research they have advanced the past year. Each presented project includes a written summary and an oral or poster presentation. Oral presentations are scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 10:40 a.m. and from 1 p.m. to 4:10 p.m. Students will present their project posters and answer questions from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
“What makes Purdue University Calumet distinctive is our commitment to teaching students how to learn,” Chancellor Thomas L. Keon said. “Research provides an opportunity for our students to do an in-depth study on their own in a narrow area of interest, which provides a development activity to aid them in learning for the rest of their lives.”
Following the research presentations will be an awards ceremony and dinner, featuring a keynote address by Purdue Calumet Professor of Physics Neeti Parashar. Professor Parashar played a collaborating role on the research team that contributed to the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physics.
Theorists Peter Higgs and Francois Englert received the Nobel for their work developing the theory of the Higgs field, which prompted discovery of the Higgs boson subatomic particle by a team of international researchers that included Parashar. Frequently referred to as the “God particle”, the Higgs boson has been touted as a vital building block for shaping understanding about the composition and interaction of all matter in the natural universe.
Research Day is celebrated to promote, inspire and display opportunities by which Purdue Calumet students learn through engagement and discovery, a goal of the university’s Strategic Plan. Student research is a component of Purdue Calumet’s experiential learning initiative in which all undergraduate students integrate traditional and applied learning in real world ways.