by Debra Johnson, Published March 18, 2013
YPSILANTI - Eastern Michigan University is set to host its 33rd annual Undergraduate Symposium on Friday, March 22, at the Student Center, located at 900 Oakwood Drive, Ypsilanti, MI.
The annual Symposium will feature 214 oral presentations, 88 poster displays and 60 design expo exhibits, with a total of 430 students representing numerous academic disciplines. The event is free and open to the public.
Examples of projects at the symposium include:
"This is arguably the most exciting day of the year on EMU's campus," says Harriet Lindsay, chemistry professor, and chair of this year's Undergraduate Symposium. "Students representing an enormous diversity of disciplines have the opportunity to showcase their hard work and creativity to their peers, faculty and the university community. Friday is the day when we truly get to see the great things that Eastern students are capable of accomplishing."
The Undergraduate Symposium is part of EMU's Salute to Excellence Week. Other events include the Graduate Research Fair on March 18, the Employee Service Awards and the Gold Medallion Student Awards on March 19 and the Outstanding Faculty Awards on March 20.
The schedule for the Undergraduate Symposium is as follows:
Envisioned by former Provost Ronald W. Collins, and under the leadership of Ira M. Wheatley, of the History and Philosophy Department, the first annual Symposium was held April 3, 1981. It began with 17 students and 19 faculty members from nine College and Arts and Sciences departments.
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. The Symposium has grown from 17 presenters in 1981 to over 400 participants in 2013. Visit the EMU Undergraduate Symposium homepage for more information.