THE NATIONAL COLLEGIATE RESEARCH CONFERENCE AT HARVARD
Towards an Interdisciplinary Approach to Research
Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA
Our mission is to provide best platform for undergraduates from across the nation to share their research.
A decade into the twenty-first century, it is becoming increasingly evident that collaboration between researchers from disparate backgrounds is a vital component in the continued growth of science. The Human Genome Project was completed with Francis Collins and Eric Lander, two former physicists, at its head, and an increased interest in earth-like planets has raised intriguing questions about chemical composition and other life forms that concerns astrophysicists, chemists, and biologists. Additionally, the rise of inherently interdisciplinary fields such as nanotechnology and bioinformatics have aided in the growth of this phenomenon.
Although this progression may appear sudden, scientists have been applying their knowledge of unrelated fields to solve critical questions science the inception of the scientific method. Francis Crick was a physicist interested in the structure of DNA when he made the famous discovery of the double helical structure of DNA together with James Watson. Galileo used physics to explore the stars and wielded philosophy to combat the theologians of his day. As we move forward, we need to challenge the scientists of the next generation to think of and implement interdisciplinary approaches in their research.
The National Collegiate Research Conference (NCRC) will bring together a host of budding minds and established research scientists to explore this theme together in a three-day dialogue that will address the challenges and opportunities that face participants in the current research environment. How can we apply techniques developed for modeling neural networks more broadly? What crucial questions lie at the juncture between chemistry and physics or between biology and computer science? The future of how we explore science will hinge on our answers to some of these vital questions.