More than 300 MSU undergraduate students, visiting students participating in MSU summer research programs, and students from select institutions showcased their research at the 2015 Mid-Michigan Symposium for Undergraduate Research Experiences (Mid-SURE) on Wednesday, July 22, 2015 at the Breslin Center.
This event provided students involved in research within any MSU research program, and at select institutions across Michigan, the chance to be evaluated and to share their work with peers, faculty and other external audiences. Mid-SURE presentations fall into 13 different categories: Agriculture & Animal Science; Biochemistry & Molecular Biology; Biosystems & Agricultural Engineering; Cell Biology, Genetics & Genomics; Chemical Engineering & Materials Science; Civil & Environmental Engineering; Computer Science & Engineering; Electrical and Computer Engineering; Epidemiology & Public Health; Integrative Biology; Mechanical Engineering; Physical & Mathematical Sciences and Social, Behaviorial & Economic Sciences.
Students presented their posters, which offered a visual representation of their research through text, charts, graphs and other visual aids. Evaluators provided feedback in the following areas: introduction and goals, methods, results, conclusions and future work, poster presentation and verbal presentation.
This event also featured a graduate school recruitment fair that provided 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 half of the students who participated in this event are from underrepresented populations in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). According to 2010 data from the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Census Bureau, underrepresented minorities earned 18.6 percent of total undergraduate degrees from four-year colleges, but only 16.4 percent of the degrees were in science fields and less than 14 percent of the degrees were in physical sciences and engineering.
MidSURE represents a collaborative effort between the MSU Undergraduate Research Office, the MSU Graduate School’s Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP), the MSU College of Engineering’s Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (EnSURE), the BEACON Center for the Study of Evolution in Action, and the MSU Research Education Program to Increase Diversity in Health Researchers (REPID).