Each summer over 100 combined Vassar students and professors participate in the Undergraduate Research Summer Institute (URSI), an intensive 10-week campus program in which students conduct original scientific research under faculty direction. At the annual URSI symposium students give presentations about their summer research projects and an invited distinguished speaker provides a keynote address.
The 2016 URSI symposium will be held on Wednesday, September 28, from 3:00-6:00pm in the Villard Room of Main Building, beginning with oral presentations by four of this summer’s student researchers. At 4:20pm, Enid Montague will give the keynote address, “Trust in Sociotechnical Health Systems.” All activities are free and open to the public.
Montague is a human factors and ergonomics engineer and an associate professor of computing and digital media at DePaul University. Her research uses human-computer interaction methodologies, design principles and theories to understand health care systems and to promote safety and patient-centered care. Focusing on exploring the role of trust between people and technologies in health care work systems, Montague studies organizational and design factors that effect both workers and patients with the overall goal of understanding technology mediated interactions and designing new and effective health technologies.
Montague holds degrees in industrial and systems engineering from Virginia Tech. She has been the recipient of numerous awards for her research including the Francis Research Fellowship for research that emphasizes “longer, safer and healthier lives” and a KI2 early career award from that National Institutes of Health (NIH) to explore trust in health care systems.
URSI was founded in 1986 and is among the nation's oldest undergraduate scientific research programs. Complete information on the symposium and the overall URSI program can be found online at http://ursi.vassar.edu/symposium/ .
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