COOKEVILLE – Tennessee Tech University’s 17 annual Research and Creative Inquiry Day is back in-person, celebrating students after two years of being virtual. The event is designed to feature students from disciplines across the university campus and will be opened to the public on April 21, 9 to 11 a.m., in the Hooper Eblen Center.
“I am excited to encourage community members to visit during Research and Creative Inquiry Day to see some of the important and interesting work that our students are engaged in, as well as to have an opportunity to get to know some of them. This is always an exciting and enjoyable event,” said Vice President Jennifer Taylor.
This year’s event features posters and paper presentations generated from 236 submitted abstracts on topics from 24 fields of study from seven different colleges on campus.
On Wednesday, April 20, students will register and set up their posters from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Hooper Eblen Center, judging will follow from 4 to 6 p.m. The English department will also hold paper presentations beginning at 9 a.m. on Wednesday in the Volpe Library, instruction room 112. This year’s event will also have giveaways during the judging session for students in attendance.
The posters will be displayed for the campus community and Cookeville community on Thursday, April 21, from 9 to 11 a.m., with the awards ceremony to follow.
For participating students, it is a chance to present their work and help spread the word about their research.
“I am excited to be a part of the inquiry day because it is an opportunity to show what Tech is teaching their students. I think parents and the community will be proud to see what we are doing and how research involves everybody,” said participating environmental science Ph.D. student Martine Bowombo Toko. “It will be an exciting day, and I encourage people to come and see what students can do.”
New this year, the Office of Research is collaborating with the Center for Career Development to offer students a resume-critiquing opportunity for students from 9 to 11 a.m. on Thursday. In addition, several potential employers will be invited to attend during that time to provide students with valuable networking opportunities.
“Students often overlook the importance of listing out-of-the-classroom competitions, research and projects on their resume. We will conduct resume critiques and show students ways to add their extra and co-curriculars to their resume,” said Russ Coughenour, Director for the Center for Career Development.
For more information about the event, visit https://www.tntech.edu/research/research-day/