By Gladys Calderon, IPFW TRIO Upward Bound
Upward Bound at IPFW attended Indiana University’s Undergraduate Research Conference held at IUPUI on Friday, November 17, 2017. A group of eleven UB upperclassmen learned all about the research process, new research being published, and virtual reality. The research topics varied greatly – some of the topics were education, chemistry, net neutrality, and social ostracism. The Department of Undergraduate Admissions at IUPUI offered an insightful campus tour that made our students aware of the multitude of opportunities they offer. We ended the day with a tour at the campus’ Advanced Visualization Lab. Students experimented with different devices such as a virtual reality headset and an IQ wall. Here’s what some of our students had to say regarding our research day, or as Niang Chin referred to it—“our fun and educational trip”:
“There were many things I learned at IUPUI that day, but the most prevalent is this: Regardless of the topic being researched, being diligent in gathering information and data is crucial from both a credibility and precision perspective.” –Mario Arriaga
“The research symposium was interesting to attend, especially knowing they were college students with so much work that could possibly be published.” –Thin Nyein
“I noticed there were students from different ethnicities and students from different universities presenting their own research. I kind of get excited and interested in that.The virtual reality at our final station was the most fun. Wow, it was incredible! The 3D screens were awesome. Overall, our visit to IUPUI for the research was fantastic.” –Sen Nu
According to Sen Nu, a senior, this research day showed her a completely different view of IUPUI – it was not the same IUPUI she had visited before. We want to thank Dr. Dominique Galli, Carolyn Key, and Genevieve Arnold at IUPUI, as well as Julia Jennings with Community and School Partnerships (a unit of the Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs) for such an amazing day at IUPUI!