On November 28, 2023, the Department of Information Systems held its first-ever IS Student Research Outreach Event! Nearly 40 attendees packed the room, including faculty, campus partners, and undergraduate and graduate students. Interim Chair, Dr. Zhiyuan Chen delivered the opening remarks, followed by Dr. Ian Stockwell’s insights about why and how to do interdisciplinary research. Dr. Ida Ngambeki facilitated a panel discussion with current undergraduate students involved in research who shared their experiences, answered questions from the audience, and gave advice about how to get started with research.
Dr. Jianwu Wang, who led the organization of the event states, “Conducting research helps many capabilities including critical thinking, creativity, and writing, which are very useful for students’ current academic performance and their future career no matter whether they plan to work in academia, government, or industry.”
Also presenting at the event was Dr. April Householder, UMBC’s Director of Undergraduate Research and Prestigious Scholarships, who shared campus research opportunities including the upcoming Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement Day (URCAD). Additional research opportunities were discussed including the Data Science Scholars Program and IS faculty provided overviews of their own research. The event was a success and concluded with lunch and networking on the ITE 4th floor.