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More than 120 students at Tennessee Tech University will display the fruits of their original research and studies during Research Day April 10.

During the event, which is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., students will give presentations on their work to faculty, judges, other students and the general public about what they have discovered in a variety of academic disciplines, including interdisciplinary work.

This year marks the ninth time TTU has held Student Research Day.

The best posters in a variety of undergraduate and graduate divisions will receive awards and prizes. Judges include faculty volunteers and members of the community.

Research Day is free and open to the public, and will be held in the second-floor multipurpose room of the Roaden University Center. The award ceremony and keynote address begin at 11:15 a.m. and will be streamed live at Updates will be posted through the day on Twitter, @TTU_Research.

TTU alumnus Brian Higdon, vice president of client service at Informatics Corporation of America, will deliver the keynote. Higdon, ‘87 accounting and business management, is responsible for implementing strategies and supporting services nationwide for ICA. Higdon served in the U.S. Army as a unit leader and is a decorated combat veteran, Ranger and Airborne school graduate. ICA, where he has worked since 2010, works to combine technology and healthcare to improve patient care using a technology system developed at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. His address is also free and open to the public and will be in the RUC multipurpose room.

After Higdon’s keynote, Raheem A. Lawal and Stephen “Herbie” Hancock will each deliver an address during the faculty luncheon, which is not open to the public.

Lawal is program manager of the small business technology transfer department of the Air Force Office Scientific Research Office.

Hancock serves as the director of the private-public partnerships and deputy director of the research and development partnership groups of the Department of Homeland Security.