Student Research Conference
November 11, 2017
Raleigh Convention Center
Raleigh, North Carolina

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Keynote Address: Climate Change, My Journey from Ideology to Science

Sigma Xi member and WRAL-TV Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel will share his 30-year journey that taught (reminded) him to think like a scientist. "For many years, I did not address the issue of climate change as a scientist, but rather an ideologue," he said. "I want to help insure that others don't make the same mistake I did."

Panel: Communicating Research in a Rapidly Shifting Landscape

Researchers are increasingly interested in communicating their findings to policymakers and the public. But it’s often hard to know where to start or how to do so most effectively. Our panel will discuss best practices in science communication, including opportunities for researchers to learn from other fields such as journalism, content marketing, social media and issue education and advocacy. They’ll also cover challenges scientists face in conveying information on issues that are often viewed as contentious, such as climate change and genetic engineering. The discussion will involve extensive Q+A time with the audience.

Workshop: Organizing an Effective Visit with a Policymaker

Leader: Aaron Huertas, founder and principal, Science Communication Media

Lab visits are an excellent way for policymakers and their staff to learn about scientific research. They are also an opportunity for scientists and their institutions to showcase why their research matters to policymakers and the press. This session will cover best practices for interacting with policymakers and will challenge participants to roleplay a successful lab visit with a member of Congress. The skills covered in this workshop also apply to visits to legislative offices as well as educational poster sessions that scientific societies host for state and federal legislators. Participants will learn to put themselves in a legislator’s shoes and think about how their research fits into a policymaker’s view of their district and their role as a public servant.

Workshop for High School Students: From Exploration to Publication

Leader: Eman Ghanem, director of membership, chapters, and programs, Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society 

Publishing in peer-reviewed or professionally refereed journals is an indication of novelty and an opportunity to disseminate outcomes of research endeavors. Converting a research project into a scientific story for publication is a challenging process, especially for junior researchers who are not affiliated with a higher education institution. With the increasing number of high school science and technology classrooms that are shifting from a teacher-centered to a student-centered teaching environment, more ninth through twelfth grade students are engaged in authentic research experiences. This workshop will focus on the steps involved in preparing a manuscript for publication in a referred journal. Participants will learn effective writing techniques and what is important to include in a manuscript.


More details coming soon! 

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