February 27, 2013

Research Town Meeting registration is underway

by Andrea Hahn

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Registration continues for Southern Illinois University Carbondale faculty, students, and organizations to showcase their research at the 10th annual Research Town Meeting.

The event is set for April 16, in the Student Center ballrooms, and will feature presentations on scholarly and creative activities conducted by members of the University community. 

The registration deadline for students who want to participate in the student poster competition is March 8, and students must include a project abstract with the registration.  The registration deadline for all participants who want to showcase their research projects is March 29.  For complete instructions and guidelines, go to researchtownmeeting.siu.edu.

For researchers, the town meeting provides a forum to share their work with a broad audience, explain their methodology and significance of their research, and see how their projects fit into the overall research and creative community at the University.

For guests, the event is an opportunity to get a glimpse at the breadth and diversity of the dozens of ongoing research and creative projects at SIU Carbondale, and perhaps find avenues or collaborative partners for their own future research or creative projects.

SIU Carbondale is one of a handful of major research universities in Illinois, and the only one in the southern half of the state.  The University is among the top four percent of higher education institutions for research in the nation.

The town meeting will also feature variety of research display posters, exhibits and performances, in addition to opportunities for informal discussions of individual research or creative projects with the researchers and creators. In addition, several workshops and a technology transfer forum for graduate and professional students are on the schedule.

The University will soon announce the keynote speaker and guest lecturer 

The research posters are eligible for entry into several poster competitions.  The competition areas are: fine arts/humanities/social sciences; education; engineering; biological sciences, and physical sciences.

The award ceremony and wine and cheese reception will be in Ballroom D at 3:30 p.m.