The University of Rio Grande and Rio Grande Community College hosted the third annual RISE event Thursday, April 13 in the John Berry Fine Arts Center. RISE is a research and scholarship exhibition day for undergraduates to present projects they have worked on throughout the academic year. Dr. Chad Duncan, assistant professor of psychology and RISE committee chair, said the event includes something for everyone to enjoy from panel discussions and poster presentations to music and theater performances.
“This event allows us to showcase all of our students and the work they have been doing throughout the year. We have so much scholarship and research going on here at Rio that adds to the high quality of education our students are receiving. This gives them the experience of presenting in a professional setting while they still have that comfort of Rio and familiar faces,” Duncan said. “Almost every department on campus is represented at RISE. It’s a great opportunity for everyone to see what other departments are doing in research and scholarship.”
RISE is an opportunity for students to learn to present research and scholarship to prepare them to give presentations after entering their field of study. Rachael Haddad, a senior biomedical major, said she enjoyed presenting the research she completed.
“It’s fun, and I like answering questions about something I worked really hard on. This project took a lot of hours and time in the lab over the semester, so it’s great to get to present it here,” Haddad said. “I’ve had great professors, so it was really fun to get to dive deeper into the different subjects through this project.”
Duncan said he hopes RISE will continue to grow throughout the upcoming years.