The first ever Research Lightning Round, held earlier this month, showcased original research and creative work projects by 10 presenters.
The presenters included students and faculty members from varying fields of study.
“It was important to us that we invited scholars from various departments because the fact is that we have a tremendous number of talented faculty and students all across the college doing original research and creating creative works,” said Allison Fetter-Harrott, assistant professor of political science who organized the event.
The hour-long event included presentations that lasted for five minutes on the topic of the presenter’s choice. Fetter-Harrott said the purpose for the shorter presentations was to ensure the presenters were not burdened with too much additional work to perform.
Members of the faculty development committee asked students and faculty they knew were already working on projects to present at the event.
David Carlson, professor of Philosophy and Religion, said he found the event challenging, but enjoyed the feeling of sharing what he found during his research.
The best part of the event for Carlson was the research presented by the students.
“If you closed your eyes and you didn’t know anything about the presenters, and were just listening to the presentations, the student presenters were at least as well prepared and as fascinating as the faculty, if not more,” Carlson said.
He said he has always seen Franklin College students perform well in these event forms, but he offered some advice to students who may want to participate in the next Research Lightning Round and may be nervous about presenting in the event.
He said it’s okay to feel nervous because almost everyone feels nervous about public presentations, but topics can make presenting a little bit easier.
“What you get to do, particularly if you chose the research for yourself, which is different from having an assignment from a class, it’s a little like you’re sharing something you love,” Carlson said. “It turns out to be a lot of fun.”
Fetter-Harrott said she’d like the event to be more highly attended in the future. She also wants to include everyone on campus and hold the event every semester.
“There are a lot of smart, innovative people engaging in inquiry and creative work on campus,” she said. “We should have as many opportunities as possible on campus to showcase that and share that with each other.”