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March 14, 2008
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Symposiums spotlight undergraduate, graduate projects

YPSILANTI — If you want to learn more about Harry Potter and magical multiculturalism, or the impact of a president’s personality on his perceived success or failure in office, two special events at Eastern Michigan University next week can answer your questions.

            The 10th Annual Graduate Research Fair and the 28th Annual Undergraduate Symposium showcase original research and presentations by outstanding EMU graduate and undergraduate students. Both are free and open to the public.

            The Graduate Research Fair kicks off EMU’s annual Week of Excellence, Monday, March 24. Oral presentations begin at 9 a.m., and will take place throughout the EMU Student Center. Poster presentations will be shown at 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m. and 2:15 p.m. Lunch and an awards ceremony is scheduled for 12:15 p.m. More than 180 students will be participating.

            The Undergraduate Symposium is scheduled Friday, March 28, 8:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at various locations throughout the Student Center.  Approximately 300 students and 157 faculty sponsors will participate in the event.

            “Students view this opportunity as one of the most significant extracurricular activities during their college experience. They get a chance to illustrate their success in a conference-like setting that prepares them for future career paths,” said Wendy Kivi, communication and theatre arts event coordinator for the Undergraduate Symposium. “This is an honor for students to participate in and I hope they leave feeling proud of what they’ve achieved.”

            “Student learn and gain valuable feedback when they present their research to students and faculty,” said Deb deLaski-Smith, interim dean of the Graduate School.

 “The ability to successfully break down the language, so the everyday reader can understand is really how individuals succeed as professionals.”           

            Graduate school topics include:

  • Complementary and Alternative Medicine Utilization in Individuals with Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis;
  • Averting the Retirement Savings Crisis in the U.S.;
  • Teacher Attitudes Toward the Inclusion of Students with Special Needs.
  • The Michigan Theater: 80 Years of Community Involvement.

Undergraduate research includes such topics as:

  • Equity Under the Law? A Look at Justice for Celebrities;
  • Identifying the Link Between Oil Exploitation and Ethnic Rebellion in Nigeria;
  • Dance as a Tribute to the Dead; and
  • Unique 3-D Graphic Design for Custom Dimensions of a Grandfather Clock.

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