Princeton Research Day to celebrate research and creative work

Dec. 1, 2015 1 p.m.

Applications are now being accepted for presenters at the inaugural Princeton Research Day, a campuswide celebration of the research and creative endeavors of the University's juniors, seniors, graduate students and postdoctoral researchers.

The May 5, 2016, event offers an opportunity for student and early-career researchers and artists to share their work with the community and will include contributions from the natural sciences, social sciences, engineering and humanities. The program will feature talks, posters, performances, art exhibitions, demonstrations, digital presentations and an awards ceremony for outstanding contributions. The event, to be held in Frist Campus Center, will be free and open to the public.

"The ability to reach across disciplines and communicate about one's research or creative work in everyday language can lead to new collaborations, new insights into the work, and new directions of inquiry," said Pablo Debenedetti, dean for research, Class of 1950 Professor in Engineering and Applied Science, and professor of chemical and biological engineering. "The general public benefits greatly when researchers and artists are able to explain the importance of their work and its impact on society."

More information about the event and the application for presenters is available on the Princeton Research Day website. The deadline for applying to present is Feb. 5. The website also contains information about workshops that will be available to help participants craft their presentations.

"Princeton Research Day provides a chance for undergraduate students to share their scholarship with the broader campus community," said Jill Dolan, dean of the college, the Annan Professor in English, and professor of English and theater in the Lewis Center for the Arts.  "Although we're all aware of junior papers and senior thesis scholarship, our students constantly devise and execute research projects across their courses. Their innovative, important ideas deserve this wide hearing. I'm excited to learn about our students' ongoing research."

Sanjeev Kulkarni, dean of the Graduate School and professor of electrical engineering, is encouraging graduate students to participate.

"For graduate students, this is an excellent professional development opportunity to hone presentation skills and to hear about interesting research from colleagues across campus," Kulkarni said.

Princeton Research Day is a collaborative initiative between the offices of the dean of the college, dean of the faculty, dean of the Graduate School and dean for research.

"Princeton Research Day provides a fantastic opportunity to look into the future — to appreciate the work of talented Princetonians who will be at the forefront of research, scholarship and the arts in the decades to come," said Deborah Prentice, dean of the faculty and the Alexander Stewart 1886 Professor of Psychology and Public Affairs. "I would like to encourage postdocs, in particular, to participate. Their time on campus is brief, but their contributions to the intellectual community are great."