It’s a chance for Michigan Tech graduate students to shine. The Graduate Research Colloquium, slated for Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 19 and 20, showcases the work of current grad students, as they present their findings to judges and visitors alike.
The event coincides with the University’s Career Fair, held Tuesday, Feb. 18 and the timing is great, according to Jackie Huntoon, associate provost and dean of the Graduate School.
“It will give prospective employers a chance to learn more about the types of research being conducted here,” she says. “Michigan Tech has long been known for conducting research that has direct benefit to society and is of interest to industry. In fact, 46 percent of our PhD students who have definite employment offers at the time of graduation are going to work in industry.”
The colloquium takes place in the Memorial Union Building Ballroom, and it kicks off with oral presentations and poster presentations starting at 10 a.m. Wednesday. Topics include drug synthesis and delivery, genetics engineering and stem cell research, ecological threats and computing and signal processing.
Thursday, power and energy, new materials and transport phenomena, environmental studies, and sustainability, among others, take center stage.
The event, sponsored by Graduate Student Government, wraps up with an invitation-only dinner and awards banquet at 6 p.m. Thursday, in the MUB Ballroom.