NUCR 2019: Meet the student presenters
Four students are preparing to attend the National Council on Undergraduate Research at Kennesaw State University in Georgia, USA, from April 11-13, 2019. Mr. Lenandlar Singh, lecturer in the Faculty of Natural Sciences, will accompany the students.
“The main purpose of research is to prove a theory and contribute to developing knowledge in a field or study, whilst facilitating learning. In Guyana, research has often been limited to laboratory experiments and classroom presentations for research students. However, the Office for Undergraduate Research (OUR) now provides opportunities for local academic achievers to actively participate in research activities on an international platform, to gain experience and knowledge in their field of study. Through OUR, my research thesis was selected by the National Conference for Undergraduate research (NCUR) out of more than 4,000 submissions and I was invited to make an oral presentation of the thesis in Atlanta, Georgia.
I am satisfied to be contributing to the scientific progress in Guyana and proud to know that the quality of research conducted at the University of Guyana is gaining international recognition. I am appreciative of the dedication and commitment of my thesis supervisor, Ms. Petal Surujpaul, and the OUR team for giving me an opportunity to undertake this endeavour.
I would like to show my fellow UG students that through hard work and dedication you can achieve great heights, because the possibilities are limitless. I urge all UG students to participate in research and the upcoming OUR events in their respective fields of study.”
“First off, I applaud Dr. Troy Thomas and team for the work done with respect to undergraduate research at UG. I was fortunate to present and volunteer at the Undergraduate Research Conference held on UG’s campus last year, and I must say it was an amazing experience to be a part of the event. It allowed me to appreciate the work that the Office for Undergraduate Research put into the planning and execution phases. The event was a complete success: students who participated were given the opportunity to showcase their work and receive valuable feedback from the audience.
The Office for Undergraduate Research currently offers students guidance on abstract construction, statistical analysis, research theses, and research presentation skills – something they have done for many students in the past, including myself.
When my abstract was selected by the NCUR 2019 Planning Team, I was shocked at first but immediately became very excited, knowing that my work would be featured at an international undergraduate conference. Being able to publish my work as well is an amazing opportunity and I’m grateful to have been selected from more than 4,000 other candidates. It is my hope that the visit to Georgia will be an exciting one, allowing me to meet and converse with other students in my field of study, exchanging ideas and concerns.
Opportunities of such nature encourage other students to put their best foot forward too, taking their research to the next level. The UG Office for Undergraduate Research should continue its hard work to allow more students to be afforded such opportunities as this.”
“The concept of research has been restricted to scientists in a laboratory setting, conducting microscopic studies in pursuit of a mere academic career. This perception of ‘research’ has suppressed interest in undertaking such activity. Fortunately, the Office for Undergraduate Research (OUR) has been working tirelessly to encourage and promote research activities by creating opportunities and events for individuals involved in research.
Through the OUR, I was selected by the National Conference for Undergraduate Research (NCUR) to make an oral presentation in Atlanta, Georgia. I am thrilled and overjoyed that my thesis was selected from more than 4,000 submissions, as well as satisfied and proud to know that the caliber of research being conducted at the University of Guyana is receiving international recognition.
I am also thrilled to be contributing to the scientific development of research in Guyana, in terms of access to international platforms and publication of journal articles. Heartfelt thanks to Ms. Petal Surujpaul and Dr. Sayan Chakraborty, my research supervisor and co-supervisor, for their input and guidance throughout the research process to ensure its successful completion.”
“I am privileged to have had my research selected for presentation at the National Conference for Undergraduate Research 2019 from more than 4,000 submissions. Being selected has made me more appreciative of research as I have this opportunity to share as well as to obtain knowledge and have my research critiqued by colleagues and others from around the world.
The University of Guyana’s initiative to launch the Office for Undergraduate Research is commendable as it is setting the stage for students to be involved in meaningful research that will propel them into postgraduate studies. Thank you to the Vice-Chancellor for his initiative, the Directors of the Office for Undergraduate Research and my supervisor, Mr. Dharamdeo Singh.”