At New Perspectives, graduate students show off their work

Graduate students have produced many of the scientific posters on display this week in the Wilson Hall atrium.

The 2012 New Perspectives Conference will take place all day on Thursday, June 14, starting at 8 a.m. in Ramsey Auditorium. According to Graduate Student Association officer Brian Tice, 32 graduate students and postdocs submitted abstracts, a new record for the meeting. Of the 32, thirty graduate students and postdocs will present, up from 28 last year, which had set a previous record.

For many of the presenters, this will be their first time presenting research before a large audience.

“New Perspectives is a protected zone for graduate students to show their work,” Tice said. “It’s a way for graduate students to get their feet wet.”

Each talk will be 12 minutes long, with three minutes for questions from the audience, generally composed of other graduate students and postdocs. In addition to first-time presenters, graduate students and postdocs who were unable to attend major conferences will present their data here.

“It’s a more relaxed environment, with less pressure on the students,” Tice said.

E-mail gsa_officers@fnal.gov for more information on the Graduate Student Association or New Perspectives.

Joseph Piergrossi