Undergraduate Research Program Holds Abstract Workshop

On Thursday, April 7, Meredith College will be hosting their 20th annual Celebrating Student Achievement (CSA) Day. CSA Day is a day-long event that is composed of research presentations, performances, awards and workshops. All students have this day off from classes so that they may attend the events and view their peers' works.

On Feb. 9 from 10-10:50 a.m. in SMB 162, Isabella Rossi and Dr. Carolina Perez-Heydrich are hosting an abstract workshop to help students prepare their abstract for the presentations that take place on CSA Day. Abstracts can be submitted for CSA Day from Feb. 18 to Feb. 25 until 4 p.m.

The CSA Day abstract workshop will also prepare the workshop participants for when they have to write abstracts in a professional setting.

“​​Participation in undergraduate research at Meredith College improves students' communication skills, promotes active involvement in learning, helps further knowledge in a field of study and provides students with the opportunity to present and publish their own ideas,” said Rossi.

At Meredith, about 51% of students conduct undergraduate research alongside their faculty mentors. An abstract plays an important role in a student’s research. Rossi explained, “Abstracts are professional tools that consist of self-contained, brief descriptions/summaries of a student's larger work. Abstracts are important because they provide the reader with enough information to make an informed decision about the content, context, importance and validity of the work presented by the student.”

Presentations will be available to attend in person as well as virtually via YouTube. Attending CSA Day is strongly encouraged by Meredith faculty and staff. It is a way to support your peers and gain knowledge on undergraduate research and each student’s individual presentation.

By Anna Prince, Staff Writer

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