Many Tech students are driven to make a difference in the world. There are plenty of ways to do so, from community involvement to entrepreneurship to simply being a kind person and friend. However, one method that is an essential feature of our institution is research. This past week, students shared the excellent work they are doing at the 8th annual Student Research Symposium.
The SRS is a chance for students at all levels to gain experience and confidence communicating their accomplishments. This year, 96 different students or groups participated in poster, 3-minute speech, and 8-minute oral presentations. Each type of presentation is different and allows students to practice skills they will need for future careers, in research or another field. It is also just a great opportunity to meet students doing really cool work!
The poster session, in the upstairs hallway of Macey Center, had a very festive atmosphere. Students from all disciplines stood by, ready to discuss why their work matters and what they have accomplished. Other students, professors, and community members drifted through, reading, chatting, and snacking on taquitos. More often than not, questions came up that helped advance work and excite further interest in the field.
The 8-minute oral presentations occurred in the evening at an elegant dinner held in the Fidel Ballrooms. Only six individuals were chosen for this honor, and all performed admirably. Finally, the 3-minute speech competition was held the next morning. Of the fourteen participants, the top three were chosen. First prize went to Eshani Hettiarachchi of Chemistry, second prize to Nishanti Ellepola of Chemistry, and third prize to Matthew Rue of of Mechanical Engineering.