Celebrating inquiring minds
Five years ago, Associate Professor Vicki Remenda (Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering) and Jackie Druery (Queen’s University Library) set out to create a venue to showcase undergraduate research.
The result was Inquiry@Queen’s (I@Q), a program that helps undergrads discover the satisfactions of well-conducted research through a variety of resources and events.
“When I was an undergraduate student, everything was about receiving knowledge. I think there’s room at Queen’s for our undergrads to be involved in the creation of knowledge, not just receiving it,” says Dr. Remenda. “We are really celebrating and highlighting the accomplishments of our students.”
This year marks the 5th annual Inquiry@Queen’s Undergraduate Research Conference, which allows students from all disciplines to present their work in small groups facilitated by Queen’s faculty members. Thirty-five students participated in the first conference in 2006, and about 100 took part last year. Dr. Remenda says the uniqueness of the program explains its increasing popularity.
“This is the only place that I’m aware of, and the only one of its kind in Canada as far as I know, where undergraduate students have an opportunity to present in a really multi and interdisciplinary platform,” she says.
Ms Druery emphasizes that everyone is welcome to attend I@Q to talk to the presenters and view the posters. “It really is integral to the students’ learning that they present and explain their work to a wide and varied audience. I encourage everyone to attend,” she says.
This year’s conference takes place March 10-11. For more information or to submit an abstract, visit the Inquiry@Queen’s website.