The 43rd Undergraduate Symposium (March 31) at Eastern Michigan University aims to motivate students toward their career goals

A student presenter explains her research to a symposium attendee.
(EMU file photo)

YPSILANTI – The Undergraduate Symposium will showcase student research from various disciplines, including the fine arts, humanities, physical sciences, and social sciences. The public event will begin at 9 a.m. until 4:15 p.m. on Friday, March 31, at the EMU Student Center, located at 900 Oakwood St. in Ypsilanti.

Attendees can expect to see research about genetics and mutations, dynamometer engines, different cultural practices, molecular mechanisms, marketing strategies, and more. The Symposium allows students to share their cutting-edge research, study abroad experiences, and creative displays with the community.

“I am honored that this is my third time presenting at the symposium,” says Olivia Robinson, EMU student and upcoming symposium presenter. “This year, I look forward to learning about new innovations and ideas from my peers’ presentations, posters, performances, and exhibits. Their work shows incredible research and effort, and I am always motivated and inspired as I participate alongside my fellow Eagles.”

These projects embody a system of integrating peer mentoring, innovating research, and the benefits of honing communication skills in front of a large audience while motivating students in their professional and intellectual growth. 

This event is free and open to the public. EMU students who attend the event to support their peers are eligible for Learning Beyond the Classroom credit. 

At the time of this release, masks are optional on EMU's campus.

See this video for a sneak peek of what to expect at the Symposium.

For more information on the 43rd Undergraduate Symposium, including parking suggestions and a specific schedule,  visit or contact event coordinator Amy Bearinger at


About The Undergraduate Symposium
The Symposium was one of the first in the nation, beginning in 1981. The first annual event was held on April 3, 1981, featuring 17 students and 19 faculty members from nine College of Arts and Sciences departments.  Since its inception, the Symposium has hosted over 8,500 undergraduates.


About Eastern Michigan University
Founded in 1849, Eastern is the second oldest public university in Michigan. It currently serves more than 14,000 students pursuing undergraduate, graduate, specialist, doctoral and certificate degrees in the arts, sciences and professions. In all, more than 300 majors, minors and concentrations are delivered through the University's Colleges of Arts and Sciences; Business; Education; Engineering and Technology; Health and Human Services; and its graduate school. National publications regularly recognize EMU for its excellence, diversity, and commitment to applied education. Visit the University’s rankings and points of pride websites to learn more. For more information about Eastern Michigan University, visit the University's website. To stay up to date on University news, activities and announcements, visit EMU Today.

March 22, 2023

Written by:
Isabel Stratos-Bernal

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