The 1st Annual IIT
Undergraduate Research Conference, April 18, 1996

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Undergraduate Research Conference, April 23, 1997





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first place IIT's Best show their work at the April 1996
1st Annual Undergraduate Research Conference

Co-hosted by IIT-AMP and the Undergraduate College.





Prof. J. in Wash DC for NSF AMP Research Conference in Ala. As I looked around campus, I noticed that Professors, including myself, were sending students to conferences, such as the NSF Alabama UGR conference, to present the results of their research at other institutions. It was clear we should showcase our best right here on the IIT campus and thus the wheels were set in motion for IIT's 1st annual UGR Conference.

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Prof. J. gets it going Man on bench I walked around campus seeking support, conceptual and financial, for a conference. I had opportunity to discuss the entire concept with the "Man on the Bench". He was clearly supportive of the idea and suggested I sit and talk for awhile. He is a very good listener. I explained that we needed a date, a staff, judges, prizes, and "buy-in".

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Dean blesses UGR making forms The Dean of the Undergraduate College quickly blessed the entire concept, particularly my picking up the cost of the conference, and offered to provide prize money. ETC became the central location for planning. Abstract forms were generated by Cheryl and mailed to students identified as having done research in the last several years.

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announcement fountain As soon as our speaker agreed to come, we made and posted flyers all over campus. Profs. with students involved in UG research were encouraged to have those students present their results. Metaphorically speaking, ideas and preparations were flowing and we were ready to burst forth showcasing our talent. (Who wrote this?)

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Dean blesses UGR making forms The Hub staff in Herman Hall eagerly worked with us to provide quality space and an attractive layout. A number of tough, but fairminded Professors, such as Prof. Ken Schug of the Biological, Chemical, and Physical Sciences (BCPS) Department, agreed to judge the presentations and thus we were ready. Completed Abstracts were returned, sorted, compiled, and printed for dissemination.

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Prof. Mostovoy with can bare room The ever friendly Prof. Sheldon Mostovoy of the Mechanical, Materials, and Areospace Engineering (MMAE) Department, accepted the second judge position after I listened to his famous "can design" lecture. Did you know the bottom of a can is stronger than its sides? The room was bare and cold but light red table cloths quickly improved the ambiance.

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Sanjida setting up more setting
up Sanjida was one of the first to arrive at noon with her poster board and computer. With help from Kamesh, she got her poster on "Antifreeze Polypeptides" up. The compter was running CHARM, a program she used at Cornell University the prior summer to simulate docking studies and do energy minimizations.

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Dean says welcome Kim intros
speaker Dean of the Undergraduate College John Kallend welcome the assembled multitude and spoke on the importance of the undergraduate research experience to the educational process. Kim Terrell, a junior in Electrical Computer Engineering (ECE), an AMP Scholar, a NASA Scholar, and Student Coordinator for the UGR Conference, introduced Dr. Aprille Ericsson-Jackson, an Aerospace Engineer with the NASA Group, who was our Invited Speaker.

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David's group Faculty
listening Prof. David Patterson's Electrical and Computer Engineering IPRO (InterPROfessional project) Group stood together as a team presenting their results on "Sensor Designs". IPROs are IIT's team projects that engage students over several semesters while seeking solutions to important problems. Faculty attendence was high and they listened intently to the presentations.

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Diego's poster Diego
presenting Diego, an AMP Scholar who won a 1st place award at a National NSF Conference in California in August, demonstrated the "Interactive Tutorials" he developed working with Prof. Jim Karagiannes of the BCPS Department. His display was hyperlinked and very interactive impressing the judges that he could apply what he was learning to real situations.

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Kristen' presentation more Che Chemical Engineering majors Kristen and Georgia, both working with Prof. Arastoopour of the Chemical Engineering Department (ChemE), presented preliminary results related to their laboratory experience. Georgia's work was on "Bubble Flow" and Kristen's on "Polyethlyene Degradation in Knee Replacements".

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Georgia and Kristen Sanjida's presentation Georgia thought some of the judges were "hardnosed" but admitted the experience help prepared her for upcomming interviews. Both CHE's are graduating seniors. As I returned to Sanjida's poster, she was showing students how her work had been published on the Internet. She is one of IIT's 7-year Medical Students and expect to go on to attend medical school after completing her Chemical Engineering degree this year.

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Prof. Schug judges Scott Scott and
Cheryl Across the room, Scott, the Chemistry Master Tutor for my freshmen chemistry course, CHEM124 was wowing Prof. Schug with the "Organic Amine Detection Scheme" he developed working with Prof. Stagliano of the BCPS Department. After the grilling, Scott was congradulated by Cheryl Caplan who is Director of ETC and manages many of IIT's tutoring programs.

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Will and Prof. Johnson Alberto'
presentation Will and Alberto are both AMP Scholars. Will worked with Prof. Corke of the Mechanical, Materials, and Areospace Engineering (MMAE) Department to improve the "Design of a Nose Cone". Alberto, whom I help recruit from Puerto Rico several years ago and who will present his research in Detroit in Nov. 1996, worked with Prof. David Williams of the same department on "Feedback Control for Aircraft".

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Jake's presentation Prof. Jaeger
helps out Jake did his work on "Laser Altimetry" during the summer at the Goddard Space Flight Center working with Dr. Coyle. Many of our students find summer research positions at other Universities and National Laboratories or Centers - A great resume building and practical experience. Prof. Mukund Acharya, MMAE, runs a NSF funded UGR Program on campus. Prof. Bob Jaeger of the Pritzker Institute of Medical and Mechanical Engineering was "defending" a very expensive piece of equiment his student Tom needed to demonstrate their results.

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Waiting for results April talks SEM When the presentations were finished, the students congregated around the "free" food to await the judging results. Conversation centered on projects, hopes and concerns. Many students were gathered around Aprille asking about opportunities at NASA and other government facitities. I saw her handing out applications so I expect we will have students there this summer.

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Tom' first place Tom and staff
pic. Dr. Ericsson-Jackson gave an inspiring talk centered around her career and the importance that her undergraduate research experience had played in her career decisions and advancement at NASA. First place was awarded to Thomas Fuhr for his work with Prof. Jaeger on the "Hering -Breuer Effect". Tom was an exchange student from Denmark spending a year touring the USA between experiments.

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Michael's second Diego's third Michael Engel won second place for the research he did with Prof. Eugene Smotkin of the BCPS Department on "Electrocatalysis on Gold Surfaces". Prof. Smotkin is now a member of the Chemical Engineering Department. Diego Carlton's work on "Hypercard Tutorials", which is described above, was awarded third place. Prof. Jim Karagiannes is now working with a new group on a second generation of the Hypercard program.

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Sanjida's HM Tom's
HM Because of the very high quality of the work presented, Dean John Kallend insisted upon reaching into his wallet and pulling out enough money to fund two additional Honorable-Mention Awards. These went to Sanjida and Jake. The IIT community says "good job" to all the presenters.

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UGR Staff sundown 95 Finally, good things do not just happen. The First Annual Undergraduate Research Conference Committee drew its members from all parts of the University and worked hard to ensure the 1st UGR Conference's success. A round of applause for them-clap, clap - or a raise?? As the sun sets over Lake Michigan, we are already gearing up for next year.

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