The Iowa Space Grant Consortium held the 2017 Student Research Awards Ceremony on Friday on the campus of Iowa State University. Forty students who received scholarships from the ISGC, representing Drake University, Iowa State University, the University of Iowa, and the University of Northern Iowa, were honored for their undergraduate research projects.
Retired U.S. Astronaut Clay Anderson addressed the students in the morning, encouraging them in their pursuit of academic research. After the introduction, ten students were chosen to present their research project and explain their process and results to the group. All of the students had a chance to discuss their projects during a poster session. A panel of judges evaluated the projects and awarded bronze, silver, and gold medals to the scholarship winners.
The event served as an opportunity to recognize the students for their hard work and also encourage them to continue to pursue their research interests.