Share Your Research at Nerd Nights!

On March 6, 2012 by Grad Forum

first_nerd_niteOn Thursday, March 1st, Julia Bradley-Cook, the Academic Chair of the Graduate Student Council (GSC), hosted the first Nerd Night. Held in One Wheelock, a student-run café in the basement of Collis, five of Dartmouth’s graduate students presented their research to the event’s attendees.

Thursday’s presenters were:
-Rich Lopez (PBS)
-Erin O’Flaherty (MALS)
-Liz Macari (Pharmacology and Toxicology)
-Gilbert Rahme (Genetics) *Nerd of the Night!
-Ryan Lewis (Computer Science)

Unlike formal research conferences, Nerd Nights provides graduate students the opportunity to showcase their research in a relaxed, respectful, and informal environment. At Nerd Nights, refreshments are provided to all presenters and attendees (yes, this includes craft beer as well as non-alcoholic beverages.). After each ten-minute presentation, audience members are encouraged to ask questions and to provide constructive criticism.

At the end of the night, each attendee votes on their favorite presentation, and the “Nerd of the Night” prize is awarded to the presenter who receives the most votes.

Last Thursday, Gilbert Rahme’s presentation on his cancer research won the “Nerd of the Night” award. Congratulations, Gilbert! We hope you enjoy your brand new coffee mug.

The next Nerd Nights are scheduled for:
-Thursday, April 5th @ 7:00 PM in One Wheelock
-Thursday, May 3rd @ 7:00 PM in One Wheelock

Want to present at an upcoming Nerd Night? Email email Julia Bradley-Cook (Julia.I.Bradley-Cook.GR@Dartmouth.Edu) as soon as possible: spots are already filling up for April 5th.

If you’re interested in learning about the graduate research at Dartmouth, check out Nerd Nights! The event is open to the Dartmouth community, and is a fun way to meet graduate students.

For photos of the inaugural Nerd Night, check our Flicker account.

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