Several Liberty University students invited to join Harvard’s National Collegiate Research Conference »Liberty News

Some of Liberty’s student presenters with their faculty sponsors

With their participation funded by Liberty University’s Center for Research & Scholarship, 23 undergraduate students were invited to present research projects at the National Collegiate Research Conference (NCRC), hosted by Harvard University from 21 to January 23.

NRC is the largest student-led research conference in America. The multidisciplinary forum is held annually at Harvard, where the most accomplished undergraduate students from the United States and abroad gather to share their research in the fields of humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. Last year, more than 300 participants from nearly 100 universities participated in the NCRC.

The conference will be virtual this year due to COVID-19.

“The Center for Research and Scholarship is extremely pleased to be able to support these undergraduate research students and their scholarly pursuits,” said Darren Wu, Associate Director of the Center for Research and Scholarship. “Their academic excellence is evidenced by their acceptance to present research and fellowship at a highly competitive national conference hosted by Harvard University. We congratulate them on their achievement. »

The fundamental vision of the conference is to provide student researchers with the opportunity to hear from the world’s leading authorities from academia, politics and industry, as well as to foster meaningful student exchange and dialogue.

Liberty students will represent the School of Nursing, Helms School of Government, College of Arts & Sciences, School of Engineering, School of Health Sciences and College of Osteopathic Medicine (LUCOM).

“As an undergrad, it’s an incredible opportunity to present at such a prestigious conference,” said history student Kyle Sajoyan. “And it’s such an honor to be part of the very first group to represent Liberty at this conference.”

Student projects include research on NCAA concussion screening protocols, the Lost City of Mesoamerica, and a fire extinguishing method that replicates the defense mechanism of a bombardier beetle, among others.

Elijah Yoder, senior mechanical engineer, will present his research on bombardier beetles. His work was supervised by School of Engineering professor Dr. Wayne Strasser.

When threatened, bombardier beetles create a very hot, pulsating jet out of their abdomen that shoots about 20 centimeters in length. Yoder hopes to replicate this type of mechanism (on a much larger scale) in a fire extinguisher by heating liquid inside a chamber and vaporizing it into vapor before throttling it out of a chamber.

“What I’m specifically doing is using antifluent as a computational fluid dynamics simulation program that will actually simulate what’s going on in the chamber to see how it reacts and to see if that’s a viable method. fire extinguisher,” Yoder said. “I love looking at God’s creation and being able to create from it and be inspired by it.”

He said he was encouraged by Strasser’s passion for mentoring students throughout their research.

“(Strasser’s tutelage) was crucial. I wouldn’t be where I am without him, research-wise. He pretty much taught me everything I know.

In addition to presenting their research, students will hear from eight distinguished speakers throughout the three days: Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, William G. Kaelin, Jr., MD; professor of electrical engineering and computer science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Shafi Goldwasser Ph.D.; Professor of Physics and Planetary Sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sarah Seager, Ph.D.; William Caspar Graustein Professor of Mathematics at Harvard University, Shing-Tung Yau, Ph.D.; Professor of Computer Science and Applied Mathematics at Harvard University, Leslie Valiant, Ph.D.; Associate Professor of Comparative Politics at Harvard Kennedy School, Pippa Norris, Ph.D.; editor of the New England Journal of Medicine, Eric J. Rubin, MD, Ph.D.; Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of English at Harvard University, Louis Menand, Ph.D., all of whom have risen to the top of their respective fields.

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