Lehigh event provides experience and scholarships

May 6, 2018 by  

As in years past, engineering students from Lehigh and Lafayette recently presented their research at the annual Undergraduate Research Symposium held here in Bethlehem.

Students from the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science are judged on their research presentation as they compete for scholarships to attend professional conferences. In doing so they gain valuable experience in delivering a formal academic presentation, which will prove useful when it comes time to elicit support from potential investors.

Wojciech Misiolek and Himanshu Jain, each a professor of material science, developed the symposium, which was endowed by Andrew Freed in his parents’ (David and Lorraine Freed) name. In addition to learning to concisely explain their research to members of the scientific community, they will also have to develop the ability to hone their marketing skills and use printing services to communicate their research on paper to entrepreneurs.

This year, Thomas Farinha, a senior, with the support of Nick Strandwitz, an assistant professor, won this year’s symposium. Second place went to Michelle Kent with the help of Professor John DuPont. Third place went to Ian Miller, while the coveted People’s Choice award went to Divya Patel. Additionally, there were three Honorable Mentions, which included the team of Rachel Tenney and Emma Leeds, as well as Reilly Callahan and Rebecca Lentz.