Research Week 2020 Will Happen, With Adjustments

Utah State University Research Week, originally scheduled to take place Apr. 6-10, will still be held, but with some changes to the timing and delivery of the events.

“Over the past three weeks, the Office of Research has dedicated a significant amount of effort into responding to and adjusting USU research operations in response to COVID-19,” said Lisa Berreau, interim vice president for research. “We will continue to provide support for those challenges, but we are also dedicated to going about the business of the university and delivering on our annual programs.”

Research Week will now be Research Weeks (with an “S”), with online content and events continuing throughout the month of April. All “events” will be online, either on web or social media.

“It’s more important than ever, no matter the format, to recognize and highlight the outstanding work of our faculty and student researchers,” said Berreau.

Research Weeks will begin with the Student Research Symposium, held Apr. 8-9. Typically, SRS draws hundreds of students to the Merrill-Cazier Library to share and view poster and oral presentations of graduate and undergraduate research.

“This year, we’re adapting with circumstances and holding a virtual Student Research Symposium,” said Alexa Sand, associate vice president for research. “We’re viewing this as a benefit, in that we’ll be able to provide students the experience of sharing their research publicly online, which is just as critical a skill as presenting in person at a conference.”

SRS will be held on Linked In, as searchable posts designated with the hashtag #USU2020SRS. Researchers will be able to share their work with other SRS participants and judges, as well as their professional networks.

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“We’re excited by this new format, to the point that we don’t view it now as a compensation measure for our in-person event,” said Sand. “We’re taking careful notes to see what goes well and to figure out how to replicate it in coming years, in concert with the in-person symposium.”

The week of April 13-17, Research Weeks will continue to highlight student researchers. Winners of SRS will be announced, and student research awards will also be recognized.

“We plan to livestream the announcement and recognition of our doctorate, master’s and Undergraduate Researchers of the Year, as well as our graduate teachers of the year,” said Sand. “We’ll have more details for that soon.”

Research Weeks concludes Apr. 20-24, as the Office of Research highlights faculty researchers, research mentors and authors. These highlights will include recognition of the USU Faculty Researchers of the Year, as well as the D. Wynne Thorne Career Research Awardee, Gregory Madden, professor in the Department of Psychology. 

The Office of Research is partnering with the Merrill-Cazier Library to recognize the 23 USU faculty members who published books in 2019.

“Currently, we’re planning these faculty recognition events to be asynchronous, so researchers will be able to view our content on their own time,” said Berreau. “We recognize that these recognitions will occur at the end of an incredibly busy semester, so we want to be extremely flexible with schedules, while making sure we get the word out about our most exceptional researchers.”

Now in its 16th year, Research Week highlights the outstanding work of USU faculty, graduate students and undergraduate students. For more information, visit rw.usu.edu.
 

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