Research Day shines light over faculty arts, research

By Ashley Bowden
Faculty performances and research will be on display Feb. 24-25 for the fourth annual Research Day at the University of the Incarnate Word, an administrator said.
UIW EARDA (Extramural Associates Research Development Award) — funded by the National Institutes of Health – are responsible for the event, said Dr. Kevin Vichales, dean of the School of Graduate Studies and Research.
This is the second year that undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty members will participate in the event together, which provides an opportunity for those involved to share ideas of research and possibly collaborate with one another, he said.
Faculty from the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences will be featured Feb. 24 with a faculty exhibit, literary readings, and performances at Semmes Art Gallery. Performances will be 5:30-6:30 p.m. A reception will follow from 6:30 to 8.
Poster presentations will take place 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25, in Marian Hall Ballroom. There were 42 research poster abstracts selected to be judged by six anonymous UIW faculty members, Vichales said.
The abstracts are selected through a blind review process which is “the most fair way of adjudicating the work (submitted),” he said. Participants are asked to submit research abstracts which describe the research they conducted on a topic, and provide the results of the research. Once the abstracts are selected, the participants are provided with a template for a poster project and asked to produce posters which clearly display their research for the audience in attendance at the event.
Following the poster presentations, a panel discussion will take place 1:15-2:30 in J.E. and L.E. Mabee Library Auditorium. After the panel discussion, dessert will be served 2:30-3:30 in the ballroom. The day will end with a 5:30-7:30 reception in Marian for graduate students.
“The idea of the Annual Research Day is to share ideas,” he said.

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