Creighton University Research Week 2021 took place from April 20-22 with presentations being held virtually via Zoom.
Live virtual student poster and platform presentations ran from 9:00-11:00 a.m. and again from 1:30-3:30 p.m. each day.
Awards were also presented to participating students throughout the afternoon. According to the research week website, “University Research Week (formerly St. Albert’s Day) is celebrated in honor of St. Albert Magnus, or Albert the Great, who was a scientist, philosopher, and theologian, and served as a mentor to St. Thomas Aquinas.”
Taunya Plater, senior program coordinator at the Graduate School/College Of Professional Studies, said research week is meant to show the depth of research at Creighton while “highlighting the diversity of research that can only happen at a liberal arts college with the connections to the professional schools our students have.”
Although research week looked different this year because of COVID-19 and in-person restrictions, Plater said the event was still a success.
“This year there were 181 student presentations, nine faculty presentations, as well as the inaugural faculty 3MT [Three Minute Thesis], which highlighted yet another eight faculty researchers,” Plater said.
“Hopefully next year we will be able to do an in-person event again or a nice hybrid to allow students from all our campuses to continue to participate, as well as increase the number of students participating in person.”
College of Arts and Sciences junior Emily Fraser said that participating in research week was a great experience.
“My experience was great because it forced me to step out of my comfort zone and present the findings that I have been working so hard on for so long to a group of strangers. It was challenging but also very rewarding,” Fraser said.
She said that research week is an important event to be held at Creighton.
“I think the importance is to not only prepare individuals for their future careers, but it also gives them a chance to share the projects they have been working so hard on for so long,” Fraser said. “It’s a great way to share new information and challenge young researchers.”
College of Arts and Sciences senior Taylor Tokos also said she believes that research week was important.
“University research week is important because it gives students an opportunity to show their research to a wider audience that may have not had an opportunity to see it otherwise,” Tokos said.
“It also provides a space for people to learn about the research that their classmates and friends are working on,” she added.
“I had a really great experience participating in university research week. I got to see research from graduate students who covered topics that I would have probably never learned about,” Tokos said. “I got to get interesting feedback and questions from professors who are not from my field of study.”