HAZLETON, Pa. — Penn State Hazleton students are invited to explore opportunities to perform research alongside faculty at the virtual Hazleton Research Exposition on Oct. 4-8.
Held online through Canvas Pride, the expo is designed to help students learn more about the research faculty members are interested in or currently performing. Students can browse research in disciplines such as arts and humanities and STEM and then contact faculty to discuss potential collaboration.
In the spring, students who have conducted research during the academic year present their projects at the annual campus Undergraduate Research Fair, with winners moving on to the Regional Undergraduate Research Symposium.
“This type of undergraduate research is important to students to deepen their academic knowledge as well as to develop additional skills that can be applied to their career or to an advanced degree,” said Ellen Raineri, assistant teaching professor of business and one of the expo’s organizers. “Pairing students with faculty mentors is ideal because students acquire subject matter and research knowledge through mentoring.”
Collaborating with faculty on research has several additional benefits, added Nargess Tahmasbi, assistant professor of information sciences and technology and another organizer of the expo.
“Students will learn to understand the research process and how to analyze data and interpret the results,” Tahmasbi said. “It will help them build transferable skills such as intellectual thinking and collaborative work, and how to balance the two. These skills help them explore new career directions whether they are aiming for graduate school or a non-academic career.”
Students can participate in the research expo by visiting https://bit.ly/2021-research-expo.
For more information on undergraduate research visit https://hazleton.psu.edu/undergraduate-research.