Claire Konz takes Honorable Mention for her research, Prolonged Standing in the Operating Room.
Purdue University’s 2020 Spring Undergraduate Research Conference, formerly known as the Purdue Undergraduate Research Poster Symposium (URPS) is the largest annual showcase of undergraduate research across all disciplines. This event highlights the scholarly work and creative endeavors undergraduate students have been engaged in through oral or poster presentations and awards top students with both financial and non-financial awards.
In light of COVID-19, Spring 2020 conference was held virtually. Over 80 Engineering graduate students, faculty and staff volunteered to judge the College of Engineering poster submissions. The College of Engineering were involved in the judging of the posters as well as provision of financial awards and recognitions — $300 for the first place, $200 for the second place, and $100 for the third place. The Engineering Undergraduate Research Office (EURO) partnered with the Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) to assess and scientifically evaluate all poster and oral research submissions.
The volunteer judges from the College of Engineering provided feedback to the undergraduate student presenters throughout the virtual conference. The top posters out of the 87 presentations were selected based on the formal feedback received on content, organization, and documentation. In addition to the judges’ feedback, a special committee from the Engineering Undergraduate Research Office was formed to select and disperse the top 3 poster presentation awards and honorable mentions, recognizing them for their research contributions and advancing scientific knowledge.
Claire Konz, School of Industrial Engineering, May 2021, earned one of six Honorable Mentions among peers across the entirety of campus. She worked with project mentors: Hamed Asadi, MSc., Dr. Denny Yu, PhD, and Dr. Dimitrios Stefanidis, MD, PhD, Indiana University School of Medicine. This project was conducted to examine how surgeons use weight shifts and other small foot movements to mitigate the effects of prolonged standing during surgeries.