Research Week 2013 fosters educational growth


By Darryl Monteau & Jennifer Salva
Spring 2013

ECSU Research Week 2013 was held February 11th through 15th on the Elizabeth City State University (ECSU) campus in Elizabeth City, North Carolina.  The event was sponsored in part by the Center for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets (CReSIS).  Dr. Linda Hayden, Associate Director of ECSU operations at CReSIS and Director of CERSER at ECSU, served as chairperson for the event and CReSIS Education Coordinator Darryl Monteau attended from the University of Kansas (KU).

Dr. Hayden noted the importance of CReSIS’ contributions to Research Week as “evident not only in the quality of student research presentations, but also in the support CReSIS provided for the graduate school seminar and K-12 events.” Dr. Hayden noted that over nine hundred middle and high school students participated in hands-on workshops about remote sensing, radars, glaciers and robotics.

“Mrs. Monteau brought timely information related to the importance of early and persistent preparation for graduate study,” Dr. Hayden said of the CReSIS Education Coordinator’s contributions.

This year’s event, “Celebrating STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) Success,” included poster presentations, lectures from guest speakers, and panel presentations.  Each day’s activities followed a theme: Monday focused on student research opportunities and internships, Tuesday highlighted STEM education, Wednesday reflected on Black History Month and major African-American scientists and inventors, Thursday was the Science Bowl competition and the GRSS meeting, and Friday focused on K-12 STEM outreach and the undergraduate student research poster session.

Dr. Ali Khan, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at ECSU, said Research Week offers a form of undergraduate education that cannot be replicated in the classroom.  “Our students learn the joy as well as the rigors of new discovery and acquire skills of inquiry, evaluation, and communication that provides a foundation for the next phases of their careers and lives,” Dr. Khan said.

For more information about Research Week 2013, visit this website:

Photo: Dr. Gamaliel Cherry, NASA Langley Research Center, was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation for the 2013 Research Week at ECSU.  Dr. Cherry was the Distinguished Lecturer on the closing day of 2013 Research Week. He is seen here with faculty, staff and students representing ECSU and the host organizations.