Entries tagged with “Research” from Hawk Talk - Guthrie

Gearing up for Pittsburg…


So if you have been following my blogs at all, you probably know that I am working on an undergraduate research project. I am going to be presenting my work next week at the 2009 ACS Rubber Expo in Pitsburg, PA. Right now I am working really hard to get things done. Click on the link below to read the description of my project.

The First Part of My Research Project...

The show that I am going to be presenting my project at gives awards for the best research paper, and the best poster presentation. I am making a poster, but I do not think I have a very good chance of winning. Last year, they gave out four $1500 awards. They were given to the best : undergraduate poster, graduate poster, undergraduate paper and graduate paper. This year they are only giving out two $1000 awards, to the best poster and the best paper, grads and undergrads mixed. I think it is very unlikely for an undergraduate to be able to compete against a graduate. Graduate students have more time, funding, resources as well as experience.

I am still very excited about going to this show. I think it will be a great experience for me, and I will be able to meet some potential employers at the show’s career fair. I still have a decent amount of work to do, so I am going to make this a short entry.

 I’ll keep you posted on how the presentation goes, and I will try to post up some pictures from Pitsburg. Thanks for reading.

Sorry baseball fans, but this article is about my career. As we get into the last couple of weeks in September, things at school are starting to roll. I have a couple of important dates coming up next month. The first is my research project presentation, which will be in Pittsburg, PA the second week of October at the 2009 ACS Rubber Expo. The second date is the UML engineering and technology career fair on October 21st.


Over the summer I have been working on a non-funded undergraduate research project. You can read about it in my previous entry:

The First Part of My Research Project I have been getting a lot of work done on testing my samples. I hope to have all of my testing done by the end of the month, so that I can work on my poster up until the presentation. Another great thing about my trip to Pittsburg is that I will be attending a career fair. I think that a lot of the companies attending are automotive suppliers and manufacturers. This would be good since I have a background in automotive.


The next big date is the UML engineering and technology career fair on October 21st. Last semester, the career fair was a bust. There were only 5 companies that were interested in my major, and only 3 of them showed up. I know that the economy has taken a beating, but I am keeping my hopes up that this career fair will have a better outcome than last semester.


I have a lot of work to do over the next few weeks. I need to get my work done and get my resume revised. I’m doing everything I can to prepare myself for the real world!

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