Iowa State ResearchDay

Iowa State Research Day 2018

Discover. Create. Together.

Tuesday, March 27th, 10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., Memorial Union


Iowa State Research Day is an opportunity for researchers and scholars of all disciplines to come together. This event is about celebrating your work and discovering your campus peers’ interests. This year’s theme is “Discover. Create. Together.”

During this event researchers and scholars are encouraged to give lighting talks about their research focal areas, present a poster or creative expression to exhibit their research interests, network with other researchers, discover campus research services at the resource fair, and listen to stories of real-life research and scholarship experiences. Whether you are a chemist, artist, performer, engineer, or historian, if you are involved with research or scholarly work at Iowa State, this event is for you. We encourage attendance and participation by faculty, staff, post docs, and graduate students.

Last year’s inaugural event saw over 300 attendees, more than 20 lightning talks, and nearly 80 posters and exhibits. You’ll find those same events in this year’s agenda, plus we’ve added some exciting, new activities.

New This Year:

Keynote speaker Gregory Petsko will discuss how science and the arts/humanities are a marriage made in heaven.

Check out posters and creative expressions by campus peers. This isn’t just an ordinary poster session – we are also encouraging researchers to talk broadly about their research interests and what skills they have to share with potential collaborators. (Register by March 20th if you would like to present a poster). Poster templates available via ISU Printing Services.

Four-minute lightning talks will be recorded for individuals to keep for their professional use. (Register by March 9th if you would like to give a lightning talk).

During the “Story Collider” session researchers will weave narratives about their personal experiences in research and scholarship. This session is modeled after the popular podcast series, Story Collider, true, personal stories about science.

The resource fair will assemble campus services for researchers including information about trademarks, patents, industry relations, and more.

A regular shuttle service will run throughout the day to and from the Vet-Med campus.


10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Registration, West Lobby
11:00 a.m. –
 12:15 p.m.* Welcome and Keynote Address, Sun Room
12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Posters, Exhibits, Creative Expressions and Networking, Great Hall
12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Resource Fair, South Ballroom
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Lightning Talks (Round 1), Cardinal Room
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Story Collider Talks, Sun Room
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Lightning Talks (Round 2), Cardinal Room
3:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Closing Remarks

*Heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served after the Keynote Address

A map of times and event locations will be available soon.

Research Day Planning Committee:

Guru Rao, Office of the Vice President for Research
Amy Harris-Tehan, Office of the Vice President for Research
Jessica Bell, Grants Hub
Amy Brucker, College of Veterinary Medicine
Sarah Carlson, College of Human Sciences
Roxanne Clemens, Agriculture Experiment Station
Breehan Gerleman, College of Engineering
Peter Gudlewski, Office of Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer
Julie Lelonek, Economic Development and Industry Relations
Diane Meyer, Engineering Research Institute
Sandra Norvell, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Rachael Voas, Grants Hub
Samone Whitfield, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Dana Wilson, Office of the Vice President for Research