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UMaine’s 2016 Student Research Symposium set for April 27

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ORONO — The research of more than 500 undergraduate and graduate students will be highlighted in a daylong symposium 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday, April 27, at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.

The 2016 UMaine Student Research Symposium is a free public event sponsored by UMaine Graduate Student Government and the Center for Undergraduate Research.

After a 9 a.m. opening ceremony, research posters and exhibits will be on display throughout the day. A schedule of the presentations, short performances and other activities is online An awards ceremony will begin at 4 p.m.

Every spring, UMaine graduate and undergraduate students present their research in academic conference-style events. This is the 17th year of Graduate Student Government organizing an event to showcase the work that benefits Maine and beyond. It is the seventh annual undergraduate research showcase coordinated by center for research.

The joint research symposium offers UMaine students opportunities to engage in direct dialogue with people in Maine communities, including those benefitting from the research.

“You might watch a presentation on how to protect our wild blueberry crops and their pollinators, participate in a heated discussion on how to address challenges of education in a rural state like ours or marvel at high-quality and expressive media exhibits created by students that help maintain and develop the artistic and cultural scene our state is known for,” said Jack McLachlan, a master’s degree student in ecology and environmental sciences, and vice president of Graduate Student Government.