Bruin Brains Research Conference 2021

Welcome to the 6th Annual Bruin Brains Research Conference!

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Conference Agenda

Friday, December 3, 2021 | 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Taylorsville Redwood Campus, Student Center, Oak Room

9:00 am - 9:45 am Check In & Light Breakfast
9:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Housekeeping & Opening Remarks
10:00 am - 10:45 am Morning Guest Speaker- James Negus
11:00 am - 12:30 pm Poster Session/Demonstration/Tabling/Oral Presentation
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Networking Luncheon
1:30 pm - 2:15 pm Afternoon Guest Speaker - Alan Pelaez Lopez
2:30 pm - 2:45 pm Closing Remarks

2021 Guest Speakers

Bruin Brains is an annual SLCC TRIO Programs student-led research conference that is intended to support diversity in undergraduate research!

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James Negus

James Negus is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in astrophysics at the University of Colorado Boulder. He earned his B.A. in physics, with a specialization in astrophysics, from the University of Chicago in 2013.

At CU Boulder, he collaborates with Dr. Julie Comerford and Dr. Francisco Müller Sánchez to study the properties of supermassive black holes. Specifically, he analyzes Active Galactic Nuclei utilizing the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, a major multi-spectral imaging and spectroscopic redshift survey compiled using a dedicated 2.5-meter wide-angle optical telescope at Apache Point Observatory in New Mexico.

In his spare time, he enjoys stargazing with his 8'' Dobsonian Telescope in the Rockies and hosting outreach events at the Fiske Planetarium and the Sommers Bausch Observatory in Boulder, CO. He has also authored two books with Enslow Publishing (Mysteries of Space: Black Holes Explained and Mysteries of Space: Supernovas Explained).

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Alan Pelaez Lopez

CRG Research Scholar, Alan Pelaez Lopez is an adornment artist and a writer from the southern coast of Oaxaca, México. At Berkeley, Alan is pursuing a Ph.D. in Comparative Ethnic Studies, where they examine the ways in which undocumented Black immigrants create art spaces as a form of political protest that resist notions of Black citizenship and illegality. Alan’s poetry and non-fiction essays are influenced by growing up undocumented in the hoods of Boston and New York City. Their work can be found in Everyday Feminism; TeleSur; The Feminist Wire; Black Girl Dangerous; Fusion Magazine; A Quiet Courage, and more. Alan coordinates the CRG Arts & Humanities Initiative.

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Tabling Information Resources Session

Faculty and staff are excited to support students and their efforts. Faculty and staff can also act as research mentors and advisors to SLCC students as students prepare to present at any conference!

Faculty can help students organize their thoughts, help coming up with a research question/topic, and resource referrals (e.g. journal articles and poster formatting).

Explore SLCC Student Services

Faculty and staff are excited to support students and their efforts. Faculty and staff can also act as research mentors and advisors to SLCC students as students prepare to present at any conference!

Faculty can help students organize their thoughts, help coming up with a research question/topic, and resource referrals (e.g. journal articles and poster formatting).

Want research mentorship? Use the SME Research Catalog to connect with an SLCC Professor below!

McNair Scholars Program, Westminster College

Preparing academically talented undergraduates today, to change the face of higher education tomorrow.

The McNair Scholars Program is a federally funded effort to increase the number of students from underrepresented groups who go on to graduate study. The program is named after Ronald E. McNair, an African-American physicist and NASA astronaut who died in the Challenger explosion in 1986.

The Westminster College McNair Scholars Program draws students from 3 campuses: Westminster College, Salt Lake Community College, and College of Southern Idaho. By encouraging and supporting qualified students through undergraduate school and the transition to graduate school, the ultimate goal is to increase faculty diversity in colleges and universities.

STEM Learning Resources

STEM Learning Resources provides free tutoring services and textbook checkout to students enrolled in various courses offered by the School or Science, Math, and Engineering. Tutoring is provided as a drop-in service only, except in certain circumstances.

InnovaBio Lab

InnovaBio® is a biotechnology contract research organization. We offer a low risk environment for students to develop productive lab skills while working on projects for real companies. The challenging research completed by our interns creates a valuable talent pool for Utah biotechnology companies.

Student Writing and reading Center (SWRC)

The SLCC Student Writing & Reading Center helps you to succeed as a student by helping you to improve as a writer and a reader. We offer free, in-person and online consultations for all SLCC students enrolled in any class. We also have a variety of literacy resources for students and teachers.

Honors Program and Interdisciplinary Studies

SLCC's Honors program is a personalized, engaging, and transformative experience open to all AA/AS students. Students in the Honors Program will sharpen their academic and scholarly skills through several rigorous Honors Courses that fulfill 9 credits of General Education: 3 in Social Sciences (SS), 3 in Humanities (HU), and 3 in the second half of Composition (EN).

Funded by SLCC TRIO Programs and ACE (Arts and Community Events).