SOURCE: NYIT’s Platform for Advanced Learning and Collaborative Research. By the Students for the Students. A Forum for Success

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According to The Box, the Symposium of University Research and Creative Expression (SOURCE) is a student-centered platform for NYIT students to showcase their academic excellence. SOURCE is a forum for undergraduate and graduate students from all campuses to present academic research projects and creative work in the arts, humanities, engineering, architecture, science, and medicine to the NYIT community. Many students who’ve presented at SOURCE have gone on to present their research or creative work at national and international conferences, where they have received official recognition for their work. The event has been nothing short of spectacular and with 12 years of fine tuning and innovation, the program’s exposure and platform has evolved into a truly remarkable rendezvous for NYIT’s excelling student body. In previous symposiums, students have presented research on a variety of topics such as social media in traditional foreign cultures, urban agriculture, and Parkinson’s disease.

“SOURCE allows students to become inspired and gain confidence early on in their field of study and perform independent research outside of their course work, they learn the art of presenting and publishing and gain insight into what makes research worthy of being published,” said College of Arts and Sciences Associate Professor Niharika Nath, Ph.D., who has organized the Manhattan event since 2005.

Students select faculty members as mentors to guide their research. Nath said mentors often later serve as references for internship and employment opportunities. Last year, more than 50 faculty members participated as mentors, session moderators, and panelists for the nearly 180 students who shared 69 abstract presentations. Student presenters who attended the event receive a certificate of recognition.

The event also included a mid-day panel discussion about research and development in the arts and sciences. Panelists include NYIT faculty members and Zenos Frudakis, a Philadelphia-based sculpture artist who uses science and technology in his artwork.

While working alongside well distinguished and expert caliber faculty members, students who participated in the event learned valuable lessons including:

• work in collaborative, team-focused environments
• identify your areas of interest under the guidance of faculty mentors
• develop critical thinking, problem solving, and presentation skills
• foster inter- and cross-disciplinary approaches
• gain professional experiences that will advance your career as an independent researcher
Some of our 2017 conducted studies include:

• Understanding and Predicting How Nervous Systems Generate Behaviors.
• Molecular Mechanisms of Musculoskeletal Development and Regeneration
• Health and Environmental Risk Factors
• Mechanisms of Cancer Chemoprevention by Novel Agents That Release Gaseous Mediators

This year’s SOURCE panel discussion, “Inspired by Nature: Through the Eyes of Art and Science,” explored how both artists and scientists find common inspiration in nature, and the ways in which their creative processes and analyses of the natural world converge and diverge. Panelists featured encompass Yuko Oda, associate professor digital art and design, and Gavin McStay, assistant professor of life sciences, and moderator James Simon, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, for this dynamic and visually stimulating show-and-tell.

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