Student presents at 2014 Research Colloquium. (photo/ONU Communications and Marketing)

March 20th marked the deadline for students to enter into the campus-wide Student Research Colloquium.

The colloquium, started at ONU in 2005, allows for students from all colleges to showcase the research they have been conducting. Some classes require that students present at the colloquium, and some is required for capstone projects.

However, if a student is working independently with their research, they are encouraged to present. “Students who provide the research have to work with an adviser,” stated Mary Drzycimski-Finn, member of the planning committee and Assistant to the Dean for Student Success for the Getty College of Arts & Sciences. “With the help and guidance of an adviser, students are more likely to succeed.”

Two types of research are presented during the colloquium: papers and posters. Papers are often presented by students of the humanities who have
done research studying human behavior. Posters are presented by those in the sciences, who often have visual examples of the work they have done.

“In the past, we’ve had some student groups bring in demonstrations of their projects,” Drzycimski-Finn said. “Those [demonstrations] help the audience visualize what the project is about.”

For this upcoming year’s colloquium, the possibility of having a video presentation is under consideration. Depending on the subject matter of the research, a video can supplement the presentation.

The university holds an annual Student Research Colloquium to give students real-world experience with their presentations. The researchers are asked about their projects, often in a low-pressure setting, allowing them to get the chance to practice their presentation skills.

This year, the colloquium is being held on April 25 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Papers and posters will be held simultaneously, with the papers being presented in the Wishing Well and the posters being presented in the Mac Activities Room.

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