Campus invited to participate in Mountain Lion Research Day Dec. 13

Presentations during the 2019 Graduate School Research Showcase.
Associate vice chancellor of research Jessi Smith examines the results section of a graduate student researcher’s poster presentation.

Faculty, staff and students alike are invited to participate in the 11th annual Mountain Lion Research Day, an opportunity for campus to experience high-caliber research conducted by members of the UCCS community.

The event will take place Dec. 13th from 8:30 am to 11:30 am in Berger Hall. UCCS faculty, staff and student researchers will present research posters spanning academic disciplines and stand ready to discuss their research foci with campus. Those interested in presenting are invited to submit their abstracts to the Office of Research by Dec. 2.

According to Associate Vice Chancellor of Research Jessi Smith, “What I love about Mountain Lion Research Day is that it brings the campus together to learn from each other and showcase the outstanding scholarship happening on our campus.”

She continued, “UCCS is a high research activity university – and because we highly value student-faculty engagement, students at UCCS get to develop personal and meaningful relationships with their faculty mentors that result in cutting edge discoveries and innovative scholarship. This event is not to be missed!”

The Office of Research will announce the winners of the Faculty Research Council’s Top Scholar Award and Outstanding Research Mentorship Award at the event.

The Top Scholar Award recognizes student poster presentations characterized by excellence in scholarship, clarity in visual and oral presentation and demonstrated knowledge in a discussion with the judges. The Outstanding Research Mentorship Award, new this year, recognizes extraordinary efforts by faculty and staff members to facilitate a mentee’s research success, contributing to a positive culture of research at UCCS.

Last year’s 10th annual Mountain Lion Research Day featured 45 student and faculty presenters in the Gallogly Events Center. Marissa Trujillo, then a senior biochemistry major, and Akshay Dhamija, a doctoral student studying computer science, won the 2018 top scholar awards.

Those planning to present can polish their skills in advance of the event by registering for the Kraemer Family Library’s upcoming workshops on data visualization and research poster design.

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