Application opens for presenters at 2017 Princeton Research Day

by Michael Hotchkiss, Office of Communications

Applications are being accepted for presenters at the 2017 Princeton Research Day, the second annual campus-wide celebration of research and creative endeavors by the University's undergraduates, graduate students, postdoctoral researchers and other nonfaculty researchers.

The May 11, 2017, event offers an opportunity for student and early career researchers and artists to share their work with the community through talks, posters, performances, art exhibitions, demonstrations and digital presentations. Topics will represent the range of research across the University, including the natural sciences, social sciences, engineering, the arts and humanities.

(Graphic by Kyle McKernan, Office of Communications)

The event, to be held in Frist Campus Center, will be free and open to the public and will conclude with an awards ceremony for outstanding contributions.

The 2017 edition of Princeton Research Day will feature a full day of events, building on the success of the inaugural Princeton Research Day in May 2016 that drew more than 130 presenters and hundreds of audience members, filling Frist with the sights and sounds of researchers and artists sharing their work.

"We were delighted at the success of our first Princeton Research Day," said Pablo Debenedetti, dean for research, Class of 1950 Professor in Engineering and Applied Science, and professor of chemical and biological engineering. "It was truly inspiring to see how our early career researchers in disciplines from science and engineering to the humanities and the arts rose to the occasion of describing often complex and sophisticated work in ways that were accessible to a broad audience. The more that researchers, artists and other professionals can explain what they do, the better it is for society at large."

More information about the event and the application for presenters is available on the Princeton Research Day website. The application deadline is Feb. 20. The website also contains information to help participants craft their presentations.

"Last year, Princeton Research Day was one of the most exciting campus events I attended," 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. "Walking through Frist, stopping at students' poster sessions to hear about their research, and seeing panels, performances and presentations by undergraduates, graduate students and postdoctoral researchers from across fields offered me an invigorating array of new ideas. This year, with students from all classes and disciplines encouraged to participate, I look forward to learning even more."

Sanjeev Kulkarni, dean of the Graduate School and professor of electrical engineering, said he is looking forward to the next Princeton Research Day.

"The first Princeton Research Day was a terrific event," Kulkarni said. "It is wonderful to hear about research and see performances in such a wide range of disciplines. Princeton Research Day is a chance to celebrate the accomplishments of budding scholars and artists, and more generally to celebrate research and creative pursuits."

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 is a showcase for researchers at all stages of development: From early undergraduates, taking on a project in anticipation of their senior thesis research, to postdocs, developing a new line of research before launching their own teaching careers," said Deborah Prentice, dean of the faculty and the Alexander Stewart 1886 Professor of Psychology and Public Affairs. "It is a celebration of the mentoring, creativity and perseverance needed to discover something truly new. It is my favorite event of the year!"