Student Researchers from All CISTAR Campuses Gather To Foster Robust Collaboration

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A dynamic and wide-ranging meeting of student researchers from five campuses laid the foundation for the relationships and collaboration that drive projects at the Center for Innovative and Strategic Transformation of Alkane Resources (CISTAR), an NSF-funded Engineering Research Center (ERC) based at Purdue University.


Like those at all ERCs, researchers at CISTAR are committed to working together and across disciplines—a process that can be challenging for students who are relatively new to the Center and to research in general. The CISTAR Fellows Institute provided an opportunity to meet fellow student researchers, share current research projects, and discuss future avenues for the Center’s work.


Seminars and presentations at the institute covered a variety of topics, including the introduction of “Process Safety Management System” as essential to CISTAR researchers and the communities where they live and work. Students considered the ways environmental ethics inform public opinions and perceptions, learned “How to Talk Science,” and learned strategies for leading CISTAR graduates to work with low-performing students.