UNDERGRADUATE SYMPOSIUM 35
Friday, March 27, 2015 EMU Student Center
Celebrating the exceptional academic work of Eastern Michigan University undergraduates students, the Undergraduate Symposium showcases student research and creative projects. Presentations, completed with faculty mentors, represent all academic disciplines.
Open to students November 15, 2014 - January 15, 2015.
THE UNDERGRADUATE SYMPOSIUM IS ...
A one-day program to recognize and celebrate the exceptional academic work of EMU undergraduate students.
A collection of research or creative projects that may be:
- An outstanding research paper, independent study, lab research project, performance, design-based project, or honors thesis.
- Work may be by single or multiple authors (no more than four authors per presentation).
- Open to undergraduate students from all colleges and disciplines of the University who have been nominated by a faculty sponsor and recommended by the respective department/school.
Hosted by the College of Arts & Sciences, the previous Symposium involved 500 student presenters supported by 225 faculty mentors.
An opportunity for participating students to share the results of their research and creative academic activities in a conference format through an oral presentation, poster display or exhibit format.
- Oral presentations, whether single or multiple authors, are allotted 15 minutes to present during one of four sessions: a brief introduction of the student(s) by the faculty sponsor, a ten-minute presentation of the academic work, and a short question-and-answer period.
- Poster presentations are displayed during one of three sessions. Each poster session is 1 hour and 30 minutes.
- The Design Expo demonstrates the outcomes of design-based projects — often interdisciplinary and collaborative in nature — in an exhibit format. The projects on exhibit are open to the public 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.
- Begins with faculty members identifying students who have achieved exceptional levels of work and notifying the department/school of their intent to nominate.
- Involves the completion of an online nomination, including a 75-word abstract, begun by the student and supported by the faculty sponsor.
- Continues with department/school support of completed nominations and abstracts and the forwarding of t these to the event's planning committee.
The nomination process:
Envisioned by former Provost Ronald W. Collins, and under the leadership of Ira M. Wheatley of History and Philosophy, the first annual event was held April 3, 1981. Seventeen students and 19 faculty members from nine College of Arts and Sciences departments were featured.
Luncheon and keynote speaker added to event. (pdf file available for download)
Posters displays added.
Participation expanded with students from the College of Education and the College of Technology included.
The College of Business and the College of Health and Human Services nominated students for participation.
Student emcees added to the luncheon program.
Student designers involved in design process.
Office of Financial Aid and the Graduate School began providing up to 20 University Fellowship Awards for Symposium Participants to graduating participants to encourage them to continue their graduate studies at EMU. Dedicated website launched.
The Barry A. Fish Scholarship and the Ronald W Collins Memorial Endowed Scholarship for Undergraduate Symposium Participants endowed to provide financial awards for continued undergraduate studies.
Webcasting of select presentations began with Symposium XXII.
The Symposium proudly celebrated its 25th event. In honor of the event's longevity, a new scholarship series was announced and the event also provided the opportunity for 25 select Symposium and University alumni to return to campus for the festivities.
The annual event moved to the new EMU Student Center. Genesis, a bronze sculpture by artist and Symposium XXVII keynote speaker Brent Collins, was dedicated and placed on permanent display at the center.
The nominations process was changed to allow only online submissions, thereby streamlining the approval process and making both web and print publication easier.
The Symposium reaches the historic mark of 30 events! Over the past three decades,more than 4,000 students have had the opportunity to share their research in front of their peers, professors University administration, community, and family. We have grown from 17 presenters in the first Symposium to over 300 in 2009!
Challenge advancement goal reached: $1-million in support of the Symposium and especially student scholarship and research awards. Special to this year was the addition of the Design Expo as an exhibit component for student research.
A smart device application, Guidebook, provided the Symposium program electronically to visitors and presenters. The 34th event was adjusted to an all-day format to accommodate a record-high participation of 500 students.
2015 SYMPOSIUM-FRIDAY, MARCH 27, 2015
|8:30-9:45 a.m.||ORAL PRESENTATIONS||Session A|
|8:30-10:00 a.m.||POSTERS||Group 1||Room 310A/B|
|9:00 a.m.-3:45p.m.||DESIGN EXPO||Room 300/302|
|10:00 a.m.-11:15 a.m.||ORAL PRESENTATIONS||Session B|
|10:30 a.m.-11:15 a.m.||POSTERS||GROUP 2||Room 310A/B|
|11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m.||Celebratory Luncheon||For student presenters and faculty mentors|
|1:00 p.m.-1:45 p.m.||POSTERS||Group 2 (continues)||Room 310 A/B|
|1:00 p.m.-2:15 p.m.||ORAL PRESENTATIONS||Session C (continues)|
|2:15 p.m.- 3:45 p.m.||POSTERS||Group 3||Room 310A/B|
|2:30 p.m. -3:45 p.m.||ORAL PRESENTATIONS||Session D|
Oral presentation rooms: 104, 204, Student Art Gallery, Auditorium, 301, 304, 320, 330, 344, 350, 352, and Kiva
For additional information, call or email:
2015 PLANNING COMMITTEE MEMBERS
|Africology and African American Studies||Victor Okafor||vokafor|
|Communication, Media & Theatre Arts||Melanie Schuessler||mschuess|
|Computer Science||Suchindran Maniccam||smaniccam|
|English Language and Literature||Bernie Miller||bmiller2|
|Geography and Geology||Christine Clark||cclark7|
|History and Philosophy||Mary-Elizabeth Murphy||mmurph54|
|Music and Dance||John Dorsey||jdorsey|
|Physics and Astronomy||Patrick Koehn||pkoehn|
|Political Science||Jeff Bernstein||jbernstei|
|Sociology, Anthropology and Criminology||Xianghong Feng||xfeng|
|Women's and Gender Studies||Natalie Dove||ndove|
|World Languages||Wendy Wang||wwang|
|Honors College||Rebecca Sipe||rsipe|
|College of Business||Katie Elverson
|College of Education||Jennifer Desiderio (SE)
Caroline Gould (TE)
|College of Health and Human Services||Lynne Shetron-Rama (HS, SW)
Sherry Bumpus (NURS)
Rebecca Moore (HPHP)
|College of Technology||Christina Wall (TPSM)
Ali Eydgahi (ET)
Jiang Lu (VBE)
Sean Che (ISAC)
|Design Expo Team||John Charles
|Event Chair||Harriet Lindsay||hlindsay|
|Event Coordinator||Wendy Kivi||wkivi|
|Event Assistants||Amy Bearinger
|CAS Liaison||Kate Mehuron||kmehuron|
2014 EVENT PHOTOS
Additional photos from the event can be found here.
2014 PROGRAM GUIDE WITH ABSTRACTS
2015 PDF downloads
THE DESIGN EXPO
The "Crossing Line" Design Expo is a one-day exhibit during the Undergraduate Symposium of outstanding products created by talented undergraduate students from a variety of academic disciplines that demonstrate the outcomes of their design-based projects — often interdisciplinary and collaborative in nature. The exhibits are open for review from 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. in Room 300 & 302 of the Student Center on Friday, March 27, 2015.
Design Expo exhibits represent the student work from a variety of programs, including:
- Apparel, Textiles and Merchandising
- Arts Management
- Construction Management
- Creative Writing
- Entertainment Design and Technology
- Furniture Design
- Graphic Design
- Interior Design
- Product Design and Development
- Theatre Arts
Please stop by and see the outstanding work of EMU students on display.
For a closer look of the Design Expo click here.
SYMPOSIUM UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH FELLOWS (SURF)
For the academic year 2014-15 there are 30 students, from across all academic disciplines, at the undergraduate level that are working with faculty mentors as Symposium Undergraduate Research Fellows. These annual student awards can be renewed upon student interest and faculty mentor support. Each fellow is expected to conduct research during the academic year of appointment and present the outcomes of the research at the Undergraduate Symposium. Undergraduate students, especially students new to EMU, may find additional information about these fellow awards at the SURFpage.
NOMINATION TIMELINE TO THE 2015 SYMPOSIUM
|Saturday, November 15, 2014||Online process opens to students|
|Thursday, January 15, 2015||Online process closes to students|
|Monday, January 19, 2015||online process closes to faculty sponsors (MLK Day)|
|Wednesday, January 21, 2015||Online process closes to committee representatives|
|Friday, January 30, 2015||students notified (faculty sponsors cc'ed) via email of acceptance to present|
SCHOLARSHIPS AND AWARDS
We are pleased to announce that student participants in the Undergraduate Symposium may be eligible to apply for a number of financial awards.
Undergraduate students who participate in the Symposium are elidgible for scholarship opportunities. More information is available here.
Graduate Level Awards
Eastern Michigan University is pleased to announce the availability of up to twenty $1,000 awards to encourage student participants in the Undergraduate Symposium to continue their graduate studies at Eastern Michigan University. Priority for award offers will be made to eligible students planning to enroll full-time (8 credit hours) at the graduate level the following fall. Consideration for an award requires:
- participation as a student presenter in the current year
- completion of undergraduate degree by the following August
- minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
- application and admission to a graduate degree program at Eastern Michigan University
- enrollment as an EMU graduate student for the following fall
If more than 20 students apply and meet the minimum eligibility requirements, all applicants will be ranked by GPA and award offers made as funding allows. Completed applications due to 124 Quirk by the second Friday following the Symposium.
Download application for Graduate School Fellowship Award for Symposium Participants here.
These resources are provided for student participant and faculty sponsor review to assist with presentation preparation for the Undergraduate Symposium.
2015 SOS Workshops (coming soon)
Additional preparation assistance
SOS | Secrets of the Symposium | Workshops for student presenters
All new student presenters are expected to attend one of two workshop opportunities to be held to prepare student participants for their participation. Information will review event logistics and participation expectations, speaking across the curriculum, poster and oral presentation enhancements, and post event (including scholarship) opportunities.
- Tuesday, March 3 at 7 p.m. in 310 of the Student Center
- Monday, March 9 at 7 p.m. in Ballroom B of the Student Center
From the Academic Projects Center at the Halle Library
Technology Assistants in the APC are trained to help students prepare their posters for printing on the large format printer using either PowerPoint or Publisher. There are also self help guides available on the APC website at: http://www.emich.edu/apc/links.html
The Academic Projects Center also offers a space where students can practice their presentations. More information go to:http://www.emich.edu/apc/present.html
GIVING TO THE SYMPOSIUM
Please consider joining us as a sponsor of the Undergraduate Symposium.
A number of giving opportunities to directly support the Undergraduate Symposium are available. Designed to enhance the student academic experience at EMU and to encourage further success in the classroom, these initiatives include undergraduate fellow appointments, endowed undergraduate-level scholarships and graduate-level fellowship awards. Gifts also support the unique operational needs of the annual Symposium event.
You may invest in EMU students and this valued tradition of Eastern Michigan University. All donations are tax-deductible and will be acknowledged in our event program.
An online contribution can be made through the EMU Foundation. Please apply your gift specifically to fund: 01221 - Symposium Advancement.
The 34th Undergraduate Symposium, hosted by the College of Arts and Sciences, received generous contributions from many individuals, businesses and community organizations in addition to its annual support from the Office of the Provost, Division of Academic Affairs.
We thank the following contributors to the 2014 Undergraduate Symposium.
- Michele F. and Gregory S. Anderson
- Patrick J. Jr. and Cheryl L. Barry
- Dennis and Char Beagen
- Emily A. and James A. Brown
- Joseph A. and Mae A. Butcko
- George Cogar
- Frederick I. and Maria A. Davis
- John S. and Elizabeth S. Dugan
- Sam W. and Kathleen A. Eiler
- Carolyn G. Embree
- William Fennel
- Jon and Nancy Fitzgerald
- Christopher A. Gellasch
- Pauline L. George
- Robert C. II and Deborah T. Grady
- Linda A. and David L. Haffey
- Jeanette M. Hassan and Donald W. Pearson
- Gary D. and Shirley J. Hawks
- Christopher W. and Audra Herman
- Dale E. and Gloria M. Heydlauff
- Jill M. and Van R. Hunsberger
- Alissa C. Huth-Bocks
- Diane A. and Charles W. Jacobs
- Abe A. and Elaine E. Karam
- Wendy and David W. Kivi
- Walter P. Kraft
- Doreen A. Lawton
- Thomas A. and Mary B. Layher
- Don and Nanci Loppnow
- Judith A. and George K. Massingill
- Sally R. McCracken
- Nancy J. and Robert E. Mida
- Wade D. and Carol A. Peacock
- Claudia Petrescu
- Daniel L. Raglin and Lynne M. Stewart-Raglin
- Vicki Reaume
- Mark R Sadzikowski
- Richard N. and Norma J. Sarns
- Ingrid K. and Clifford G. Sheldon
- Thomas R. and Grace H. Stevick
- Marie P. Strahan
- Evelyn V. Tucker
- Gail M. Turluck
- Thomas and Anne Venner
- Glenn K. Walker and Yurang Ye
- Bette L. Warren
- Mary Ann and Dennis Watson
- Alida S. Westman
- Marjorie Ziefert and Charles H. Kieffer
- American Electric Power Co.
- Bank of Ann Arbor
- Comerica Bank
- Delta Dental
- DTE Energy Foundation
- JPMorgan Chase
- NEPC LCC
- Pear, Sperling, Eggan, & Daniels
- College of Arts and Sciences
- College of Health and Human Services
- Department of Political Science
- Department of Communication, Media & Theatre Arts
- Department of Physics and Astronomy
- Department of Leadership and Counselingv
- EMU Student Government