By Stepheni Schlinker

More than 300 Michigan State University undergraduate students, visiting students participating in MSU summer research programs and students from select institutions will showcase their research at the 2016 Mid-Michigan Symposium for Undergraduate Research Experiences from 1 to 4 p.m. July 27 at the Huntington Club (at Spartan Stadium).

The event provides students the chance to be evaluated and to share their work with peers, faculty and other external audiences. Mid-SURE presentations fall into 14 different categories.

Students present their posters, which offer a visual representation of their research through text, charts, graphs and other visual aids. Evaluators provide feedback in the following areas: introduction and goals, methods, results, conclusions and future work, poster presentation and verbal presentation.

This event also features a graduate school recruitment fair that provides an opportunity for Mid-SURE participants to talk with graduate school recruiters from across the country about a variety of graduate studies programs and additional research opportunities.  Approximately one-third to one-half of the students participating in the event are from underrepresented populations in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. 

Mid-SURE represents a collaborative effort between the MSU Undergraduate Research Office, the MSU Graduate School’s Summer Research Opportunities Program, the MSU College of Engineering’s Summer Undergraduate Research Experience, the BEACON Center for the Study of Evolution in Action and the MSU Research Education Program to Increase Diversity in Health Researchers.