The poster competition will be hosted by the student chapter of the Materials Research Society (MRS), Optical Society of America (OSA) and the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE). The competition is open to all graduate and undergraduate students at Clemson University and other close by Universities such as Furman, University of Georgia, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, which are performing science and engineering research. Cash prizes are awarded to the best posters for 1st through 3rd place for graduate students and 1st and 2nd best undergraduate posters. Prominent scientists from local industry are invited and serve as judges for the competition.
Participants will get the opportunity to present and explain their research and respond to questions at a public event. There will be opportunity to meet academics and industry scientists and engineers with a wide range of background, age and experience. Participants will gain experience and hone their skills, such as public speaking, listening, reasoning, personal interaction, professional encounter and networking. The response from the last 8 years was enthusiastic from all sides, resulting in a profusion of discussion and camaraderie. People were pleased with the planning and spontaneity, and were put at ease by the pleasant décor and ambience with drinks, light nutritious snacks, and cash bar.
In addition, this year we are going to add a guest lecture by a prominent scientist/professor in the field of science and engineering research. It will take place prior to the poster competition. We believe that this lecture will increase interest among students and professors equally and help in furthering the networking. We also hope to increase participation from other universities and professors with the inclusion of this lecture.
Goals for the event:
In the short term, the competition will allow students to network within the institution and with prominent scientists from the surrounding area.
This also helps students work on their presentation skills and receive input on their research from peers.
In the long term, this event helps to promote our organization and increase our membership across departments within the university. In the long term we also hope to partner with other local colleges and spread our competition throughout upstate South Carolina.