The fourth floor of Earl K. Long Library was abuzz last week as about 200 people presented their research and creative work during Innovate UNO, the University of New Orleans’ two-day showcase of scholarly activity by faculty and students.
Ninety undergraduate students were among the participants in the 2017 event Nov. 1-2, sharing information about their study and research through poster displays, oral presentations, art exhibition, performance or film screenings.
At any moment, visitors could take in cooking demonstrations, musical performances and research presentations and more. The poster displays gave students a chance to stand beside their work and field questions from judges, faculty and curious visitors, which included students from area high schools.
Matt Tarr, vice president for research and economic development, said undergraduate participation in the annual event tripled compared with 2016. He credited that success to increased communication and involvement from faculty, deans and students leading up to the event.
“We do this because engagement is one of the most important parts of education,” Tarr said. “You can learn from books and you can learn from the classroom. But doing is really critical to getting a complete and thorough understanding of your work. This event is a culmination of those types of engagement.”
Liz Sigler, assistant to the vice president for research and director of Center for Undergraduate Research, and Amanda Athey, director of the graduate school, presented the awards.
Among undergraduates, first-place winners received $200 and second place winners $100. Winners are also invited to present at the 2018 University of Louisiana System Academic Summit, which will be held April 19-20 at UNO. Medals were also awarded to first- through fifth place winners.
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