University Center Becomes Scholarly Arena on Friday

April 13, 2009

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Mark Vanderhoek

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MACON — More than 200 Mercer University students will highlight their academic prowess this week at the University Center on Mercer’s Macon campus. The students will showcase their talents on Friday, April 17, as part of two events, the Second Annual Engineering Expo and the Third Annual Mercer University Undergraduate Research Symposium. Both events will take place from 2 - 5 p.m.

Engineering Expo
The Second Annual Mercer Engineering Expo is an expansion of the extraordinarily successful Introduction to Engineering Design Competition of the School of Engineering. The Expo will be held in the University Center Arena. The event will open at 2 p.m., showcasing engineering student organizations, senior design projects, honors projects, student-faculty research and class projects, as well as the annual Introduction to Engineering Design Competition.

The competition portion of the Expo will feature teams of three to four first-year engineering students pitting their designs against each other in Cable Car, Hill Climber, Off-Road Derby, Rampster and Tug-of-War events.  The competition will begin at 3 p.m. with winners determined by 5 p.m.

The Mercer Undergraduate Research Symposium
The Undergraduate Research Symposium will include 58 poster presentations by 84 students from 14 departments across the Macon campus from 2 to 4 p.m. in Heritage Hall. Students from the College of Liberal Arts, School of Engineering, Eugene W. Stetson School of Business and Economics and the School of Medicine will display their research.

At 4 p.m., the event will move to the Presidents Dining Room for a keynote address by Dr. Nancy Hensel, national executive officer of the Council on Undergraduate Research.   At the conclusion of her talk, the University will present awards for the best posters.

About Mercer University:
Founded in 1833, Mercer University is a dynamic and comprehensive center of undergraduate, graduate and professional education. The University has approximately 7,600 students; 11 schools and colleges – liberal arts, law, pharmacy, medicine, business, engineering, education, theology, music, nursing and continuing and professional studies; major campuses in Macon, Atlanta and Savannah; three regional academic centers across the state; a university press; two teaching hospitals — Memorial University Medical Center and the Medical Center of Central Georgia; educational partnerships with Warner Robins Air Logistics Center in Warner Robins and Piedmont Healthcare in Atlanta; an engineering research center in Warner Robins; a performing arts center in Macon; and a NCAA Division I athletic program. For more information, visit www.mercer.edu.
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