Published 03/08/18

Student discusses her research with faculty member at RED17

Last year's Research and Engagement Day, when this photo was taken, offered 83 sessions featuring more than 700 students and more than 90 faculty and staff.

Research and Engagement Day showcases scholarly and creative accomplishments

The Seventh Annual Research and Engagement Day will be held Wednesday, April 18, this year. The day-long symposium, known as RED18 this year, is uniquely Bryant, highlighting the collaborative scholarship, creativity, and innovation of students and faculty, and industry and community partners. A signature event on campus, it’s a dynamic display of how the Bryant experience creates innovative leaders and problem solvers—and inspired learning.  

This year's keynote speaker is Dr. Rebecca Nugent of the Department of Statistics and Data Science at Carnegie Mellon University.

Provost and Chief Academic Officer Glenn Sulmasy, J.D., LL.M., considers the event "a celebration of the diversity of scholarship. We are a learning environment that focuses on applied scholarship, that values creativity in all of its forms, that encourages collaboration between faculty, staff, and students, and that has been on the leading edge of innovation since its founding in 1863."

Daytime classes are canceled so that all students and faculty can participate. There are four sessions: 8-9:15 a.m., 9:30-10:45 a.m., 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m., and 1:15-2:30 p.m. Formats include research paper presentations ("Obstacles to American Sustainability" and "Big Data Analytics in the Supply Chain" are two of more than two dozen); roundtable discussions on topics such as "Artificial Intelligence: Should We Be Afraid?" and "The Mentor Match Experience: A Health Care Perspective"; poster presentations, including "Controversies in Crime and Justice" and "SEC Fraud Cases"; showcases of creative expression; Bryant's first  3D Printing Challenge; the annual Target Case Competition, and the annual App-a-Thon.

Keynote speaker: CMU's Rebecca Nugent

The closing ceremony, which begins at 2:45 p.m. in Janikies Auditorium, features keynote speaker Dr. Rebecca Nugent of the Department of Statistics and Data Science at Carnegie Mellon University, where she is Teaching Professor, Associate Department Head and Director of Undergraduate Studies. She serves on the National Academy of Sciences Committee for the project “Envisioning the Data Science Discipline: The Undergraduate Perspective.” She has led an extensive effort to grow the undergraduate statistics program at CMU, including with curricula designed to, as she says, “give students a taste and a wide variety of experiences of what it is like to do statistics and data science in the real world.” Her research focuses on the identification and extraction of meaningful patterns in high-dimensional data.

The Department of Statistics and Data Science at Carnegie Mellon University has a 50-year history of advancing the frontiers of statistical theory and methodology and applying statistics to help solve meaningful, complex problems across science, technology, policy and education. With the rise of big data, Dr. Nugent’s expertise and passion for teaching has helped the department’s students and faculty contribute new ideas to the emerging area of data science.

Read about last year's event  here.