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Student Research Symposium teaches real world skills | Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

While preparing for the 2021 Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Student Research Symposium, Erik Larsen, senior in aerospace physiology, learned that bacteria thrive best in microgravity. Most importantly, he said, he has learned that research “takes time and dedication.”

Larsen and the research team he led, including Elders Bailey Burden and Jakob Robertson, were professionally engaged in their research. To their mentor professor, Dr Hugo Castillo, their efforts were obvious.

“Erik, Jakob and Bailey are three remarkable students who, despite their heavy academic load and extracurricular activities, always find time to do research,” said Castillo, assistant professor in the Department of Human Factors and Behavioral Neurobiology. “And they are excellent! During the presentation, [Larsen] stood in front of this poster and described it to the judges and students with great pride and certain of the great value of his work. All three did, and I will definitely miss them in my lab once they graduate.

The experience Larsen’s team has gained shows exactly why the university holds the research symposium every year, according to Dr. Wes Lewis, director of the Office of Undergraduate Research at the Daytona Beach campus.

“We want students to be able to share their research and work on the bumps so that when they’re ready to go out into the world, they can communicate effectively with any audience,” Lewis said. “It’s important to make sure they don’t use jargon or store talk and that they can communicate effectively with anyone. It is an important professional skill.

This year, approximately 150 students participated in the symposium.


Principal investigators Bailey Burden, Erik Larsen, and Jakob Robertson.

Larsen’s project, which simulated microgravity conditions and experimented with the growth, stress response, and differential gene expression of three species of bacteria, won first place in the team projects category.

The Graduate Team Projects Award was presented to a project that evaluated the effects of Covid-19 on schools offering aircraft maintenance science programs, led by Robert E. Gallagher.

A project by Michael McPherson, “How US GDP Affects Prison Population,” won first place in the category of individual projects.

“The best part of the presentation was that he went into research with an open mind, like a real economist,” said Dr. Jayendra Gokhale, associate professor at the David B. O’Maley College of Business, who acted as a faculty mentor at McPherson. . McPherson is a senior in aerospace engineering.

First place in the Individual Graduate Awards category went to Krysh Rajendran, for a project titled “Classification of Phonocardiogram Signals Using RNN”.

Joseph “Seph” Adams was the first in the virtual category with his project “Sexuality: The Empathetic Liberator”. Her mentor, Dr Emily Faulconer, associate professor in the Department of STEM Education, said she believed the opportunity to participate virtually was very beneficial for Adams, who is an Embry-Riddle Worldwide student, in her second year with a specialization in mechanical engineering.

“I think the symposium was a perfect opportunity for Seph to gain experience in sharing his research ideas and methods with a wider audience using digital communication tools, which is more more relevant as many conferences have moved to an online or hybrid platform in recent years. said Faulconer. “As a mentor, I am proud of the progress he has made and the quality of his end product shared at the symposium. “

The graduate student prize for a virtual presentation was awarded to Edmond E. Larsen, for his project “Predicting Solar Flares with Machine Learning”.

Learn more about the 2021 Student Research Symposium.

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