Poster displays filled the Student Center Ballroom today as research from nearly every Auburn department was showcased. 100 researchers set up 34 tables for the annual "This is Research: Faculty Symposium".
This symposium was held in order to shine a light on the research and creative scholarship of the Auburn and the Auburn Montgomery faculty.
The symposium is designed to promote research at Auburn as well as provide a place for researchers from all over campus to collaborate and share their findings.
TED Talk-like speeches known as "Auburn Talks" highlighted the event both before and after the poster display and research expo as 12 researchers highlighted their work in 10-minute sessions.
Two roundtable discussions were held from 2:45 to 4:30 p.m. and focused on the theme of "How to grow our research and creative scholarship."
These roundtable discussions are useful to researchers so they can form collaborative research teams in ways that work well and help broaden the impact of their respective research
"Its the only event where everybody across all of our disciplines, all of our schools and colleges can come together to share their research." said Jennifer Kerpelman, associate dean for research in the College of Human Sciences.
A few years ago, Auburn departments underwent a "strategic hiring initiative."
"The word strategic means you're thinking about people you're hiring because they're going to be part of a group that's going to be tackling a specific area," said Kerpelman.
Auburn is supporting five of these "cluster groups" that include 'health disparity', 'scalable energy', 'climate and earth systems', 'pharmaceutical engineering' and 'informatics' all of which will be coming together to help the research at Auburn grow and develop by joining researchers from many different fields to focus on specific subjects.