NDSU EXPLORE, a showcase of undergraduate research and creative activity, was held on April 11, 2019. This year was the fifth for the event, which features NDSU undergraduate oral and poster presentations across a wide array of disciplines.
61 students and 50 mentors representing 56 projects participated in NDSU EXPLORE. Attendees discussed their work in two poster and oral sessions and every NDSU academic college was represented. Awards will be given to the top oral and poster presenters in both the morning and afternoon sessions. A total of 24 evaluators provided feedback on the students.
“It was exciting to see the turnout for this year’s EXPLORE,” commented NDSU Vice President for Research and Creative Activity Jane Schuh. “Studies show that students who engage in research early in their academic careers are more successful, innovate more and have better problem solving and communications skills. The students at EXPLORE are truly on their paths to becoming tomorrow’s researchers.”
Scott Meyer, Director of Entrepreneurial Initiatives at NDSU, gave a lunchtime keynote to the students and their mentors. His presentation was entitled “Be weird, be bold, choose yourself” and in it Meyer discussed the nature of innovation and provided examples of individuals finding and celebrating their ideas. He challenged students to embrace what makes each of them unique.
NDSU EXPLORE is an annual event and will be held again in spring 2020.
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