Diverse Graduate Research

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Deanna Csomo McCool | January 6, 2020

Dissemination of scientific research findings is an important last step in what happens in the lab or in the field, according to Matthew Ravosa, professor in the Department of Biological Sciences who holds concurrent posts in both the College of Engineering and College of Arts and Letters.

That’s one reason he instituted the Colleges of Science and Engineering Joint Annual Meeting (COSE-JAM) for graduate student and postdoctoral researchers.  The third annual meeting in early December attracted postgraduate trainees who presented 25 oral and 55 poster presentations. In addition to the presentations, COSE-JAM featured a panel discussion and sessions where representatives spoke with students about jobs, grants, and entrepreneurship.

A significant number of presenters during COSE-JAM were women, Ravosa noted, as were the two moderators, Susan Lad and Abigail Weaver. Lad works in Ravosa’s lab, and Weaver works in the lab of Joshua Shrout, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering and earth sciences.

The event’s broad audience reflects the diversity of people whom scientists will encounter at other conferences and job interviews, Ravosa said. Projects ranged from investigating causes of cancer to the mechanics of walking.

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