DANBURY, Conn. -- Western Connecticut State University's 10th annual Western Research Day is planned for Friday, May 2.
Western Research Day will be at the Science Building on the university's Midtown campus in Danbury. The program will feature a poster exhibition of research from WCSU students in fields ranging from the physical, life and social sciences to the humanities, business and the arts. Admission to all Research Day events will be free and the public is invited.
Mercy College assistant professor Eric Martone, a Danbury native and WCSU graduate, will present the keynote lecture about the value and practical applications of student research and publications.
"Martone will offer perspectives on the academic and future career benefits of student research in a lecture titled, 'Set Yourself Up for Success: The Value and Practical Applications of Student Research and Publications,'" according to the release.
Jane McBride Gates, WCSU provost and vice president for academic affairs, will present awards honoring 10 research projects shown at WRD.
Susan Maskel, professor of biological and environmental sciences and chair of the WRD 2014 planning committee, said the annual event "provides an important opportunity for Western students to gain valuable experience in designing and conducting their own research or creative work and presenting it to judges outside their discipline," according to a release.
“It’s a great experience for them to learn what a professional conference will be like, without the more intimidating aspects of a conference presentation, and it makes a great contribution for students’ job resumes and graduate admission prospects,” Maskel said. “I have found it a real eye-opener to see the wide diversity of research and creative work that our students at Western are pursuing in the various disciplines. We encourage students from all academic and professional areas of study to participate.”