On April 15, 2014, WRAP was awarded the Outstanding Innovative Program Award at the Student Life Leadership Awards Ceremony in recognition of our Research Speed Networking events. I want to take the opportunity now to give credit and thanks to the folks who worked to organize this event.
The idea for Research Speed Networking was brought to WRAP by Becca Hayes, WRAP Events Chair, who worked with Esther Milu, WRAP Professional Development Chair, and the Professional Development Committee, Laura Gonzales and Victor Del Hierro, to organize and implement this highly successful event.
Research Speed Networking has been our most well-attended event, and the second iteration with faculty was just as successful. The purpose of Research Speed Networking was to offer grad students an opportunity to foster collaborations and community in the Rhetoric & Writing program. We wanted to provide a space for participants to practice speaking about their research interests and projects, develop potential research and writing collaborations, and gain an overall sense of the work being done by fellow graduate students. Additionally, speaking to the innovation of this event, Research Speed Networking was also awarded the CAL Alumni Student Grant in Fall 2013.