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Celebrating Student Research, at a Safe Distance

May 21, 2020
Screenshot of students on videoconference screen

When it became clear to Kyra Yap that the global pandemic was going to be felt in New Jersey, she knew she had to act quickly.

In less than 12 hours, the School of Engineering graduating senior packed up her on-campus belongings, stowed her car in a storage locker and was on a plane back to Australia to spend the lockdown at home with her family.

"I was worried they were going to shut down borders. I was worried I wasn't going to be able to get back," she said.

Yap – who had completed a three-year research project on converting carbon dioxide into renewable plastics – planned to present her research at a poster session, one of her department’s annual traditions recognizing the work of graduating seniors.

"Presenting posters at the end of the year gives you a sense of purpose. It gives you some recognition and a sense of satisfaction,” she said.

But with the university’s sudden shift to remote instruction, it looked like that would not happen.

With the end of the semester approaching, Dee Magnoni, assistant vice president for information services and director of the Rutgers-New Brunswick Libraries, and Sunita Kramer, the assistant vice provost for undergraduate research and experiential education, knew something needed to be done – and fast.

Read the full story on Rutgers Today.