Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Tips from the Veterans #4

What another of our seasoned veterans wants new presenters to know:

"The most important thing is practice.  If you understand your project and the process you have taken to get there, you are half way there.  The other half is understanding how to effectively communicate your project to people who are not in your field or are just entering your field.  It was challenging to explain some of the complex scientific techniques used in my project, but my professors and my parents listened to me practice several times and gave me feedback. And of course, have fun! If you have worked hard on your project, sharing it should be an enjoyable experience."  --Lindsey Knapp (Biology), 2012 URCA Presenter

Thursday, March 12, 2015

We are grateful to Ashland University's Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurial Studies and its Director, Read Wakefield, for their support of the 2015 URCA Symposium! Thanks to their generous support, we are able to commission the construction of a movable wall that will be used for exhibitions of art in the Symposium. We are also thankful for the talented carpenters of AU's Facilities Management and Planning division, who are handling the wall's construction. Be sure to check out the wall when you attend the Symposium on April 8th!

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Paul Pernici to Present at Posters on the Hill

Congratulations to 2015 URCA Presenter Paul Pernici, whose work "Comparing Feature Extraction and Feature Selection Algorithms in Pattern Recognition" was selected for presentation at the 2015 Posters on the Hill event! Paul's abstract was one of just 60 selected for inclusion from a pool of more than 500 submissions. Paul and his faculty sponsor, Dr. Paul Cao, will present his work to an audience of legislators in Washington D.C. in late April.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Presenter Workshops Set

The URCA Committee will host two workshops in March to assist students in preparing their URCA Symposium presentations. The Committee will host a Poster Presentation Workshop on Wednesday, March 18th at 8:00 p.m. and an Oral Presentation Workshop on Monday, March 30th at 8:00 p.m. Both workshops will be held in Schar 103.

URCA Committee members will offer tips and advice on presenting at the URCA Symposium.  Presenters who attend the Workshop should bring their presentation materials (in whatever shape or form they are in!) and will receive personalized feedback from URCA Committee members.  In previous years, presenters have remarked that they've found these workshops to be helpful, and we hope this year's presenters will find them helpful as well.

Though reservations are not required, it would be helpful for planning purposes to have a general idea of how many presenters will be attending.  Please email dbonfigl@ashland.edu if you think you might attend.