I won a research award!

Around two decades of quarantine-time ago, back in April, I blogged about my very first research ‘presentation’ taking place at a digital symposium. In the month after that symposium, I released the visualization of my project (to surprising public acclaim), finished my finals, and graduated. Then, a few days after the date of my ‘graduation,’ I received an email telling me I had won Outstanding in the Science & Mathematics Poster session – essentially top prize in my category of 400-or-so poster presentations! (link to the award winners)

I think this is where I’m supposed to say that I’m ‘shocked,’ or that I ‘can’t believe I won,’ or something else suitably humble. I am definitely thrilled and a little surprised that I received an award for my first-ever presentation of research. But I cannot entirely say that I didn’t present without an eye towards the awards. I am a rather results-driven person, and the result of a possible award is what drove me to spend ~30 hours drafting, recording, and editing a video; and a fair amount of additional time responding to judge comments and convincing my friends colleagues they should also be checking out and commenting on my research. Luckily, doing all of that was very fun for me.

This might be slightly old news, (it happened in May and I’m writing about it in July) but it’s good news, and I think we all need a little bit of good news to put out into the world. Here’s hoping I can bring this award-winning-research energy into my first semester of grad school!