Student Research Conference

The Student Research Conference provides a forum for undergraduate and graduate students to present research that they have completed in conjunction with a faculty mentor. We look forward to seeing you there as a presenter, a faculty mentor, an enthusiastic audience member, or a supportive family member!

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Student Research Conference 2017

Date: Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Time: 9:30am-6:30pm
Location: 4040 Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA

We are particularly honored to have Dr. Lujendra Ojha as our keynote speaker at this year's Student Research Conference. Dr. Ojha is a Nepalese-American planetary scientist who was the first to uncover evidence of water on Mars in 2011 while working with Professor Alfred McEwen to analyze images from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO). While still an undergraduate at the University of Arizona, Ojha noticed enigmatic dark lines flowing downhill on the surface of Mars. Such lines, called “recurring slope lineae,” have been discovered at numerous sites and suggested to Ojha the existence of liquid water. In 2015 Ojha was the lead author of a study in Nature Geoscience confirming that water still flows on Mars today.

Dr. Ojha has published widely on recurring slope lineae and other topics. He currently is the Blaustein Postdoctoral Fellow in Planetary Science at Johns Hopkins University. He is also the recipient of numerous awards, including being named one of Forbes’ 2016 30 Under 30 in science. We would be remiss not noting his abilities as a heavy metal guitarist in his band called Gorkha.

Abbreviated Schedule

9:30 to 10:00 am Registration and Coffee
10:00 to 11:20 am Session I -- Oral Presentations
11:30 to 12:50 pm Session II -- Oral Presentations
1:00 to 2:00 pm Lunch and Poster Presentations
2:00 to 3:20 pm Session III - Oral Presentations
3:30 to 4:00 pm Coffee and Poster Presentations
4:00 to 5:20 pm Session IV -- Oral Presentations
5:30 to 6:30 pm Keynote Speaker and Awards
The most up-to-date draft version of the schedule is available online.