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10th Annual Research Week honors USU's Top Student and Faculty Innovators

Wednesday, Apr. 02, 2014

USU 2014 Research Week logo

During the week April 7-11, the Utah State University Office of Research and Graduate Studies is partnering with University Libraries’ Merrill-Cazier Library to host the 10th Annual Research Week, USU’s celebration of campus’ most exceptional faculty and student researchers from the past year.

“Research is a core mission and mandate of Utah State University, and Research Week is a relatively small gesture for the value our faculty and student provide in producing some of the top research endeavors in the nation,” said Mark McLellan, vice president for research and dean of graduate studies. “We are pleased that the top intellectual events of the year will now be held at the intellectual heart of campus.”

Monday’s Research Week activities include a new faculty networking luncheon and the Research Awards Gala, where the 2014 D. Wynne Thorne Career Research Awardee, large grant recipients and other top researchers will be honored. Tuesday’s events include Qualtrics trainings, career development workshops and graduate recruitment trainings for all interested faculty and students, and will end with the Inclusive Excellence poster session and diversity lecture in the afternoon. Wednesday’s premier event — held during Common Hour — is the D. Wynne Thorne Lecture featuring artist and ceramicist John Neely, 2013’s award recipient.

On Thursday and Friday, graduate and undergraduate researchers will showcase research presentations for judging in the Graduate Research Symposium and Student Showcase respectively, with winners announced in the awards ceremony on Friday.

Friday afternoon will feature the second annual Ignite USU, where eight USU students will share their personal and professional passions in brisk five-minute talks. Similar in style to a TEDx event, speakers give engaging, unique takes on a variety of topics, but are limited to 20 slides that auto advance every 15 seconds. Prior to the talks, there will be a “build contest,” a paper airplane competition open to all students and faculty for a chance to win prizes.

Research Week was first held in April 2005, though several of the week’s mainstay research events existed long before that. The Graduate Research Symposium is now in its 17th year; Student Showcase is 28 years old; and the 35th D. Wynne Thorne Career Research Award will be given this year.

“Each of these events and awards has long been successful, but not since Research Week have they enjoyed the synergy from existing within the same five days,” McLellan said.

The smallest Research Week featured seven events. Now there are 23.

Research Week events have grown and expanded, now recognizing more than 500 exceptional faculty and students and involving nearly 2,000 others through lectures, symposia, workshops and receptions throughout the week. This year, Research Week is celebrating a decade of outstanding research, scholarship, and creative activity at USU.

For more information regarding the full slate of Research Week 2014 events, visit the Research Week website.

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USU Office of Research and Graduate Studies

Contact: Mark McLellan, vice president for research and dean of the School of Graduate Studies at USU, 435-797-1180,

Writer: Seth Merrill, communications assistant, Office of Research and Graduate Studies, 801-663-3684,

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