Got a taste for what research/creative activity is like at the “Strategies for Getting Involved in UG Research and Creative Activity Panel”? Ready to work up the courage to talk to some professors about the projects they have going on? Then the Faculty Research and Creative Scholars Expo is the perfect place to put your thoughts into action!
Join us on Wednesday, September 29th from 5:00-7:00PM via zoom to hear from a variety of faculty from various disciplines. The Expo will feature breakout rooms with individual faculty members and fellow undergraduates in their lab who are thrilled to be sharing their research with you all. Students, faculty, and staff are invited to talk with faculty members, learn about research and creative activity they are doing, and consider participating in some of the exciting projects happening here on campus. Many students who get involved with in-depth research and creative activity consider it the highlight of their Chapman University experience. Meet and learn about some of the returning faculty below!
Dr. Ryan Allen – Assistant Professor, Donna Ford Attallah College of Educational Studies and Coordinator of the join doctoral program with Shanghai Normal University
“Working with our students is an important part of our job. If it were just research, I would simply find a new career! I want to be an educator. I want to teach students. I’ve always said that undergraduates are the lifeblood of a university. The time in undergrad is filled with seemingly infinite possibilities. You can feel that energy and excitement in our community and spaces” Dr. Allen says. “Nobody shows up knowing what’s going on. We all had to learn somewhere. Even the most distinguished professors were once novice undergrads or lowly research assistants. Also the professors who choose to attend these kinds of events are open to discussing and talking with anyone. It’s why we volunteered to be there!”
Dr. Aaron Schurger – Assistant Professor, Psychology and Brain Institute – Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences
“It is an essential part of the process of involving students in faculty research. Students have the chance to browse through all of the different faculty research that is going on at Chapman, all in one place, and get a feel for what appeals to them. From a faculty mentor’s perspective, this helps me to identify students that are motivated and excited about research and that have a specific interest in the kind of research that I do” Dr. Schurger says. “We (faculty) don’t expect you to be experts. In fact, we don’t expect you to know anything about research, let alone the particular lines of research that each of us is engaged in. You are students, and we know that! We are looking for students who are excited about research, interested in learning more and getting some experience, or maybe just curious about research. Maybe you just want to know more about what research is like and then take that perspective with you into some other field of your choice, like literature, film, or economics. The event is informal and a chance to meet people and talk about science or other scholarly or creative activity.”
Dr. Julye Bidmead – Associate Professor, Religious Studies – Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
“The Faculty Research Expo is beneficial to faculty across the curriculum. Often we meet students in our classes who want to engage in research/creative activity with us. But that is only a limited population of students. FRE gives faculty a chance to reach beyond their classes, disciplines, and colleges to find interested students” Dr. Bidmead says. “Don’t be intimidated. We are here to work with you! Faculty who participate in the Expo have had much experience working with students. Otherwise, they wouldn’t participate. Faculty members were undergraduates once too and learned by working with their own faculty mentors. While the overall research project might seem complex to you now, think about it as you would when you enroll in a class. When you first start the class, the material seems daunting and complex, the words and concepts foreign, the data overwhelming, but by the end of class when you are doing your final project or exam, you have mastered the material and it doesn’t seem so overwhelming anymore.”
Dr. Rakesh Tiwari – Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Pharmacy
“Faculty research expo provides an excellent opportunity for both faculty and students to interact and exchange ideas related to research interest. This platform provides faculty mentors to get students in one place within a short period of time. I consider it one of the best opportunities to show my research and get connected to prospective students” Dr. Tiwari says. “Faculty research expo provides an excellent opportunity for both faculty and students to interact and exchange ideas related to research interest. This platform provides faculty mentor’s to get students in one place within a short period of time. I consider it one of the best opportunities to show my research and get connected to prospective students.”
Dr. Jerry LaRue – Assistant Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry – Schmid College of Science and Technology.
“The Faculty Research Expo is a great opportunity to meet motivated students from diverse backgrounds whose paths we might not have otherwise crossed” Dr. LaRue says. “Don’t be shy to ask faculty about their research. We love to talk about our research, even if you realize it isn’t what interests you. Just arrive with enthusiasm and we will have a good time getting to know each other.”
Make sure to pre-register for this virtual event here. Find a list of all of the faculty who will be attending on our official Virtual Faculty Research and Creative Scholars Expo Platform or on the CUE web page! You won’t want to miss this opportunity to learn from such outstanding students in their field! Paws Up!