Written by: Riya Sanghvi
I believe that Research Networking Night is a great event because it allows undergraduates the opportunity to learn about unique research from the professors and get involved with these groundbreaking projects and ideas early on. Being exposed to the research environment as undergraduates allow us to apply classroom knowledge to look at things in innovative and different ways. This event also allows professors and graduate students to promote their cutting-edge research and share it with undergraduates. It takes both women and men to promote women in engineering, that’s why I feel like what SWE does here is so important. Specifically about my research, I got involved with research my sophomore year in Dr. Jassby’s lab. It was the first time that I had been exposed to solving real world problems and I learned to see beyond the scope of a microscope. It generated my curiosity for higher education and allowed me to think more critically about material that I learned in the classroom.
There were 15 different laboratories represented amongst all the engineering disciplines. Professors and students were able to interact outside the classroom, getting advice on research and college experiences in general. In the middle of the event, we had a panel of 6 professors who shared their knowledge and experiences with all of the participants. It was a great connecting moment for all the parties and I felt as though it brought everyone together. The networking sessions had amazing turnouts and there were huddles around each professor and graduate student. I feel as though students were able to learn more about the topic of research in general and the applications and requirements for specific professors to search of a perfect match.
Jayapriya Vengadesan (2017-2018)
Jayapriya is an undergraduate student studying bioengineering.
Cindy Yanez (2016-2017)