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Science Event at IPFW Spotlights Student Research

Written by: Communicator StaffNovember 11, 2015

Written by Bernadette Becker

IPFW celebrates student involvement in research each year with the Science and Society at IPFW event, held Nov. 14 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Walb Classic Ballroom. SASI is sponsored by the Institute for Research, Scholarly Activities and Creative Endeavors. The event is free and open to the general public.

Dr. Ryan M. Yoder, an Associate Professor of Psychology and the chair of the committee organizing the event, said in an email that the event aims to celebrate and share the research done at IPFW across the many disciplines, meanwhile informing students of all the research options available at IPFW.

Yoder said that this is the event’s second year and will feature a new format, reaching out to both future and current students. SASI is

expected to draw nearly 300 people plus the Campus Visit Day families and prospective students. SASI is a part of Campus Visit Day activities to show prospective students all the research occurring in fields on campus.

“I am of the opinion that independent research [and] scholarship provides a much richer understanding of the field, than can be obtained through formal courses alone,” Yoder said.

Yoder found his niche in neuroscience through his research experiences. He started in marine biology, moved to horticulture, then finally, found his interest in neuroscience.

Currently, Yoder said he is studying the “the sensory [and] brain systems underlying navigation and spatial memory, as a model memory

system” with the goal of improving the knowledge about the systems involved in memory. Students are encouraged to approach professors and ask to participate in research.

“An additional benefit is that independent studies enable a student to make an informed decision as to whether they want to pursue a career in that field, or to refocus their efforts toward a different career,” said Yoder, elaborating that various studies have found students engaged in research have a better graduation rate.

It is hoped by Yoder and those in charge of the event that the increase in student research will benefit students in their understanding of their field. Moreover they hope that the event will encourage research and students to remain in school, while also helping them have an advantage in their future careers.