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Why Your Research Needs a Mentor

: MSE students present with their mentors at this year’s Mentored Research Conference.

30 March 2012 0 Comments

For approximately 100 MSE students and 60 faculty members, this year’s Mentored Research Conference will be an opportunity to present the culmination of their work together. The event will be held April 3 from 4:00 to 5:30 in the Wilkinson Center’s Garden Court, where students will present their research in a professional atmosphere. The conference, which has been an annual McKay School event since April of 2006, is designed to highlight students’ theses, dissertations, and other research projects that have resulted from collaboration between students and their MSE faculty mentors. Visitors may enjoy refreshments as they visit the research displays.

Lynnette Christensen, coordinator of the Mentored Research Conference, explained that a mentorship is a win-win situation. Faculty members are assisted in their research, and students are able to learn from their mentors’ experience and expertise. In addition to collaborative experience with faculty, students have the experience of presenting research in a setting that prepares them for the expectations of a professional conference.

Christensen said of the faculty members, “We have highly accomplished research faculty who are wonderful at mentoring students. People here are really invested in helping students learn and grow.”

"We have highly accomplished research faculty who are wonderful mentoring students. People here are really invested in helping students learn and grow."

Both graduate and undergraduate students will be showcasing what Christensen referred to as “this past year’s cutting-edge research.” This event, which has been planned and coordinated for several months in advance, is open to anyone who would like to attend. While the official registration date has passed, questions concerning a late entry can be sent to mseconference@byu.edu or Lynnette Christensen at lynnette_christensen@byu.edu.

30 March 2012

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