EMU Undergraduate Symposium focuses on student/faculty relationships

by Ward Mullens, Published March 19, 2010

YPSILANTI - Ever wonder about tarantula spiderlings or invasive plant Phragmites?

What would happen if Seame Street’s Bert and Ernie wandered into a McDonalds?

These are just three of the many topics that will be part of Eastern Michigan University’s 30th Annual Undergraduate Symposium March 26.

The symposium is 8:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at the Student Center. The event is free and open to the public.
More than 300 students will present their work and research to the University community through 171 oral presentations and 70 poster displays.

"This day is all about celebrating students and their endeavors," said Dennis Beagan, the event chair for the Undergraduate Symposium. "For all who work on it, it is rewarding to see how the Symposium has grown."

After the presentations, participating students and faculty will have a private luncheon at 1 p.m., in the Student Center Ballroom. Former Symposium participant, cartoonist and EMU alumni David Coverly (’87) will be the guest speaker.

Coverly, creator of the nationally syndicated cartoon “Speed Bump,” is a Undergraduate Symposium veteran. He was a student presenter in 1984 and 1985 while working on his undergraduate degree.

Coverly recently won the National Cartoonist Society’s prestigious Reuben Award, honoring him as Cartoonist of the Year for 2009. His cartoons have been published in The New Yorker and Parade Magazine.

For more information, contact Wendy Kivi at wkivi@emich.edu or call 487-3198.

Ward Mullens

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