On Thursday, I presented my research in poster form at the annual Northeastern Research Innovation and Scholarship Expo (RISE). After doing an oral presentation at Benthics (the conference that Kylla and Liz blogged about) presenting a poster was pretty fun and relaxing. Usually it’s a one on one interaction and you can explain your research in a more casual way than in an oral presentation. Also, it’s less commitment for someone to come ask you about your poster, than to attend an oral presentation, so you often get visitors to your poster who aren’t necessarily experts in your field of research. This is cool for two reasons: 1) you get to enlighten someone about a subject they might have previously known nothing about (stay tuned for fun story about this perk later), 2) you can get fresh insight about your project from someone who hasn’t already tired their brain out thinking it.
In addition to the official judges, everyone attending was a judge, in some respect. All presenters and attendees of the expo received 3 research dollars to be distributed to whoever they thought had the best research idea that deserves additional funding. Whoever collected the most research dollars by the end of the expo won the “People’s Choice Award” and received actual dollars to fund their research.
The winner of the people’s choice award was a group of undergraduates who have designed a personal fitness tracking device that sends physiological information right to your smart phone/computer. My favorite part is the name: SQUID. Check it out in the video below: