by Deb DeLaski-Smith, Published April 13, 2009
YPSILANTI —Graduate students from colleges and universities throughout Michigan will attend Michigan Graduate Education Day, Thursday, April 23, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at the West and South Wings of the Capitol building in Lansing.
More than 60 graduate students from 15 Michigan colleges and universities will display their graduate research and discuss with legislators such issues as innovation, economic development and environmental protection. Michigan House Representative Pam Byrnes and Senator Randy Richardville will attend the event and speak in support of Michigan Graduate Education Week, which runs April 20-24.
The event highlights the importance of graduate education in Michigan and the impact it will have on employment opportunities and the quality of life throughout the state in the years to come. Michigan graduate programs prepare students to be leaders in a wide-array of fields including: microelectronics, engineering, multimedia and digital arts, biomedicine, environmental protection and remediation, new energy sources, ultra-efficient energy systems, and digital information management.
“This is a great opportunity to showcase graduate student talent, ideas and vision,” said Deb de Laski-Smith, interim dean of Eastern Michigan University’s Graduate School. “Michigan must continue to invest in the recruitment and development of top students to ensure we have great minds keeping us on the forefront of innovation.”
For more information about Michigan Graduate Education Day, please contact Deb de Laski-Smith at 734-487-0042.
Presented by the Michigan Council of Graduate Deans, Michigan Graduate Education Day is a collaborative effort of the following colleges and universities: Central Michigan University, Eastern Michigan University, Grand Valley State University, Madonna University, Michigan State University, Michigan Technological University, Saginaw Valley State University, The University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, Dearborn, and Flint, Van Andel Institute, Wayne State University and Western Michigan University.