Student Expo Q&A: Maria Muccioli
In this series, Ohio University students share their experiences with participating in the annual Student Research and Creative Activity Expo. The event will be open to the public from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 10, 2014 at the Convocation Center.
Maria Muccioli, doctoral student in the Molecular and Cellular Biology Program
1) Why did you choose to participate in the Student Expo?
The Student Expo is a great venue to practice presenting my research in preparation for larger events, such as national conferences. Such occasions are limited, and I appreciate this opportunity to harness my presentation skills.
2) What did you enjoy most about presenting your work at the event?
I am a researcher in the cancer immunology field, and enjoy seeing the excitement of non-scientists when I explained how the immune system can be harnessed to fight tumor growth.
3) What lessons did you learn?
I learned to address my audience based on the extent of their scientific background. In addition, participating in the Expo over the last 3 years has greatly improved my ability to make attractive and interesting posters as well as more deliver effective presentations.
4) Why is the Student Expo important for Ohio University?
Allowing middle and high school students to visit offers an excellent opportunity to promote excitement about science and encourage post-secondary education in Appalachia.
5) Why would you encourage others to participate in or attend this event?
As a researcher, I think it’s invaluable to network with others – I always learn something about my field of study, something new to consider about my research project. Even if you are not a scientist, you will definitely find something of interest to explore; there is a large array of topics, something for everyone!
6) Besides your presentation, did any presentation really impress you? If so, why?
I always enjoy the “out-of-the-box” presentations. Whether it’s physicists explaining computer modeling, or historians illustrating vintage clothing, it’s great to see the diversity in the presentations.
Photo courtesy of Subhabrata Ghosal