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How to win a research prize

On October 23, LTS sponsored a 5x10 session, “How to win a research prize.” Professor Keith Schray, Chemistry, moderated the panel discussion of four students who received prizes for their undergraduate research. Schray has been involved in Lehigh’s Undergraduate Research Symposium in past years and brought the faculty perspective to the session.

Carolyn Sivco ‘15 (Biochemistry) and John Behre '15 (History) discussed the research that led up to winning the Libraries Student Research Prize. Kate Oliver ‘13, former Martindale Student Associate and now a graduate student, discussed the neuroplasticity research that was recognized at Lehigh’s undergraduate research symposium. Finally, Ian Miller, now a graduate student in Electrical engineering, described several projects, including an design project which won honorable mention at the 2014 undergraduate symposium and a research paper “Aerial Multirole Platform” which won the 2014 IEEE Morton Student Paper Contest.

Student panelists and Dr. Schray shared insights on finding funding for research projects and identifying faculty mentors. Participants learned that inspiration for research can come from diverse sources, and that research topics are shaped by personal experience and the research process itself. They learned about the value of seeking the help of librarians. Finally, they learned how to do in-depth research and communicate it well.