CLEMSON — Clemson University will celebrate undergraduate research at the 10th annual Focus on Creative Inquiry Forum Monday at the Hendrix Student Center. The event is part of Research and Innovation Month.

“Undergraduate research opportunities through Clemson’s unique Creative Inquiry program are making a lasting impression on our students and faculty,” said Barbara Speziale, professor and associate dean of Undergraduate Studies. “Real research, real results, real commitment and understanding. Creative Inquiry is changing the way we learn at Clemson University.”

Creative Inquiry gives Clemson undergraduate students the opportunity to work on research projects that span disciplines and multiple semesters. Students work in teams with faculty mentors, take ownership of their projects and take the risks necessary to solve problems and get answers. Creative Inquiry participants develop critical-thinking skills, learn to solve problems and hone their communication and presentation skills.

The interdisciplinary teams are guided by faculty and graduate mentors but are responsible for their own outcomes. By striking a balance between creative autonomy and experienced leadership, they venture into uncharted territory to find the answers to some challenging questions.

For instance, one team presenting at the forum focuses on conservation drones and the development of low-cost unmanned aerial vehicles that have the potential to revolutionize aerial mapping.

Another team will be presenting their findings on designing a “zero net energy” solar home that can be used after natural disasters without connections to a potentially damaged or destroyed utility grid.

More than 4,100 students participated in Creative Inquiry this year on more than 790 teams working on multi-semester research. These small group projects have resulted in 372 presentations at professional meetings, 160 publications in professional journals and 26 national awards.

Along with posters depicting some of the Creative Inquiry teams’ projects, Monday’s event will include interactive demonstrations:

  • 10 a.m.-3 p.m. — Engineering for Modern Healthcare
  • 10 a.m.-3 p.m. — Healthy Snacks for Children
  • 10 a.m.-3 p.m. — Smartbottle mobile app presentation
  • 10 a.m.-3 p.m. — Neonatal Intensive Care App
  • 10 a.m.-3 p.m. — Atomic Force Microscope

The complete listing of Research and Innovation Month events, lectures and other activities are posted online.


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