Undergraduate research is an important part of student success in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics and we encourage our students to not only participate in research but to present their research at poster symposiums and nationally recognized conferences across the country. In order to prepare our students to present, the CNSM hosts several chalk talks throughout the semester to give students an opportunity to present in an informal setting.
Students at all levels of research are encouraged to take advantage of a chalk talk even if they do not have results to present. Presentations can discuss the intended outcome, what hasn’t been working, or what future plans they have for their research. New researchers can outline anticipated experiments and the rationale for them.
Dr. Faith Yarberry, Lecturer II in Chemistry and Resident Master of the STEM Residential College, organizes the chalk talks and will work with students to practice their presentations prior to giving their talk.