The purpose of the Student Research Symposium (SRS) is to showcase both undergraduate and graduate science research in a relaxed, interdisciplinary setting. Any science student involved in research is encouraged to give a poster presentation at this event.

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Paul B. Paulus 2018

Title: Genius is as Genius Does

Friday, April 20, 2018: 5:00 pm, SWR LH1: Most of us are enamored with the geniuses of our world such as those who win Nobel Prizes. It is often presumed that the key to their success was their great intelligence. Even though all of them were very smart, so are many others in their fields. So what distinguishes people who are very successful in their careers from those who are not? I will highlight some of the key factors that are related to high levels of creative achievement in science, the arts, and the world of business. Many of these have more to do with what I would call "active intelligence" and "collective intelligence" than "passive intelligence".

About The Speaker

Paul B. Paulus is the Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Texas at Arlington. For the past 20 years he has been investigating the factors that influence group creativity. With Bernard Nijstad he edited the first scholarly volume on group creativity, and he has published over 60 papers and chapters on that topic and the related issue of team innovation. He has made numerous invited presentations to groups from the academic, business, engineering, and intelligence communities. In addition to his teaching and research career, he has served as Chair of the Department of Psychology and Dean of the College of Science. He has been a visiting professor at Bar Ilan University, the University of Groningen, the University of Sidney, the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University, and the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.


Participation in the Symposium will offer students practical experience in giving presentations in a professional but relaxed setting. It will also be a fun social event where students can learn about research happening in other departments. There will also be live entertainment, free food, and awards.



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