The University will host several events in April showcasing undergraduate research and engineering in Macon, including the Third Annual Engineering Expo and Fourth Annual Mercer University Undergraduate Research Symposium on April 16 in the University Center and the inaugural Mercer Undergraduate Research Conference on April 19.
The Engineering Expo, an expansion of the annual Introduction to Engineering Design Competition of the School of Engineering, will be held in the University Center Arena. The event will open at 2:30 p.m. in the upper Arena with showcases of engineering student organizations, senior design projects, honors projects, student-faculty research and other class projects. At 3 p.m. the attention will turn to the Arena floor for the design competition, featuring teams of first-year students matching robotic vehicles in various competitions.
Also in the University Center, the Fourth Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium begins at 2 p.m. in Heritage Hall, with 49 posters presented by 93 students from 12 departments across the University. The event concludes at 4 p.m. in the Presidents Dining Room with an awards ceremony and keynote address by Dr. Scott Huettel, associate professor of psychology and neuroscience and co-director of the Center for Neuroeconomic Studies at Duke University.
The first-ever Mercer Undergraduate Research Conference will take place April 19, with students from across undergraduate disciplines presenting their research in cross-disciplinary sessions. There will be 20 sessions at various locations across campus from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Each session will consist of three topical, rather than disciplinary, presentations of approximately 15 minutes each.
The conference will conclude with a plenary session at 7 p.m. in the Presidents Dining Room of the University Center. Dr. Andrew Silver, Hunter Associate Professor of English, will give the keynote address and Mercer Provost Dr. Wallace Daniel will present awards to the top presenters.