6. Local Presentation of Research Outcomes
At the conclusion of the 8-week internship, students will present their results in a formal REU mini-conference. This REU Poster and Oral Presentations Conference will be held in the new NAU High Country Conference Center and will be presented as a formal, professional scientific meeting, in preparation for a national conference presentation to follow for each intern. This local conference ensures that tangible research results will be produced from each student’s work in generating and testing one or more hypotheses under mentor guidance. Presentations in this venue will allow students to see the culmination of their own work and that of their peers, to continue the process of learning science by doing science. The conference will be advertised campus-wide, with administrators and faculty invited from across the university community. Each student will spend approximately 20 minutes orally presenting their project before the audience, with an informal discussion to follow around each intern’s poster. Our experiences with this presentation process over the past 16 years have impressed us with the value of this final collegial discussion and feedback event in helping our research interns to refine their analyses for future presentations at professional meetings or for later publication manuscript submission.