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Nov. 6, 2023

Mariam Shahab, Brett Volmert selected for Ignite Talks MSU

Ignite Talks MSU: Students Mariam Shahab, Brett Volmert to give presentations in fast-paced event

Nov. 6, 2023

Two Michigan State University College of Engineering students have been selected to an elite group that will take part in a one-of-a-kind event this week. 

The students - Mariam Shahab and Brett Volmert - will take part in Ignite Talks MSU, a free event that aims to inspire attendees through a series of dynamic and fast-paced research presentations. 

Ignite Talks MSU will be held from 7-8:30 pm Thursday at the Residential College's Arts and Humanities Theater located in Snyder-Phillips Hall, 362 Bogue St. Shahab and Volmert are two of nine MSU students representing multiple multiple colleges who were selected for this event.   

These students will share their ideas, stories and expertise in a concise and impactful format. Each students has 5 minutes to convey their idea and share their topic using 20 slides that automatically advance every 15 seconds. This event is open to the public. For more information visit the event page link:

In the spring of 2023, Ignite Talks MSU initiated an open call for MSU students to submit their ideas for a talk. The event drew 31 student applicants. Students from a wide array of fields were encouraged to apply, spanning arts, science, technologies and more. 

A complete lineup showing the nine student presenters, the colleges they represent and the topics they will share Thursday: 

Insects Can Smell Bacteria
Mariam Shahab 
College of Engineering, Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering

Growing Mini Human Hearts from Stem Cells
Brett Volmert 
College of Engineering, Biomedical Engineering

Less Code, More Change: Justice-Centered Computing Education in K-12
Anne Drew Hu 
College of Education, Educational Psychology and Educational Technology

Creating Tools to Help Breed Fast-Cooking Dry Beans
Hannah Jeffery 
College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Crop and Soil Sciences

Qualitative Evidence Synthesis for Indigenous Health Research
Ceco Maples 
College of Social Science, Anthropology

Bouncing Back from the Brink: Secrets of Resurrection Plants
Cathy Mercado 
College of Natural Science, Plant Biology

Exploring Culture’s Impact on Identity and Affiliation
Shahad Nasir 
College of Natural Science, Sociology and Psychology

The Thinking of Thinking
Alva Nguyen 
College of Communication Arts and Sciences, Media and Information

Truffles, Trees, & Tree-nuts, Oh My! A Tale of Sustainable Ag
Dylan Warner 
College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Plant, Soil, and Microbial Sciences