ORONO- Over 20 University of Maine students spent their last week of winter vacation at the VEMI Lab doing special collaborative research for Rapid Research Week.
The lab’s director, Richard Corey said normally this type of research takes months for the students to test and complete but the work done during rapid research week is different.
“We tell everyone in advance, this is months, years of thinking of how this is going to work, how this is going to go through and we just cut it all right down into one week, and that’s what makes it fun,” Corey said.
“This week was to take a step back from thinking about results and really just focus on the process, and that’s why it was great we could break it down into a week,” University of Maine Student Emily LeClair said.
During the week, students were broken up into seven groups and had to answer different scientific questions like, ‘Can you smell direction and distance with any level of accuracy?’ or ‘Does personalization increase trust in technology?’.
After a week of gathering data and research and using other teams to test their hypotheses on, the students came together on Friday to show off their findings.
“We’re doing the exact same thing as other undergraduate students and graduate students, Ph.D. students and even professors with ph.ds and I think the opportunity for everyone to be able to learn from each other and not just sit and learn from the professor but also be able to have the professors learn from you is a great experience for everyone, ” University of Maine Student Isaac Spark-Wiley said.
Another student, Freshman Roisin Rumsey, said breaking down the scientific process to its basis, helped her and other students understand it more and she said hopefully it will pay off for them in the future.
“Having that kind of foundation moving into more broad research and stuff that takes months, it’s easier to have a baseline for that,” Rumsey said.