Published Wednesday Apr 4, 2018
The creative minds and critical thinking skills of Tennessee Technological University students will be on display Tuesday, April 10 for the university’s 13th annual Research and Creative Inquiry Day.
Featuring students from disciplines across the university campus, the event is designed as a diverse, interdisciplinary representation of the work going on at Tech. Tuesday from 9 to 11 a.m. in the Hooper Eblen Center on Tech’s campus, undergraduate and graduate student work will be on display for the campus and community.
“The role of a technological university is to create new knowledge by discovery and creative thinking and to interpret that knowledge to find new solutions to problems,” said Francis Otuonye, associate vice president for research at Tech. “Being involved in the development of something that changes the way we do things is exciting for students.”
Participating students submitted their abstracts to the university’s Office of Research and most will present posters at the April 10 event. The event includes literary research as well, with students in the English department presenting papers Monday, April 9 from 12:20-1:15 p.m. in the Volpe Library, instruction room 248.
This year’s event will feature more than 200 student projects.
The event captures the spirit of a 2010 resolution by the U.S. House of Representatives designating Undergraduate Research Week and a proclamation by Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam designating Graduate Education Week.
“Recognition of the importance of research continues to grow, and it captures the essence of what a technological university is,” said Otuonye.
For the students excited to share their projects, it is also an opportunity to shine a light on their creativity, critical thinking and growing knowledge and to see what others on campus have been working on.
“If you want to engage students, you have to get them actively involved in activities that promote critical thinking,” Otuonye said. “The students are why we are here. The opportunity to present their work is a point of pride for them.”
The presentations are free and open to the public. The Hooper Eblen Center is located at 1100 McGee Boulevard in Cookeville.For more information about the event, visit https://www.tntech.edu/research/research-day/.