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April 15, 2024

Graduate Research Symposium creates opportunities to collaborate

May 2 event is free, open to public

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The 2024 Graduate Research Symposium gives students the opportunity to present their work to faculty, staff and industry partners.

The 2024 Michigan State University College of Engineering Graduate Research Symposium will be held Thursday, May 2 in the Engineering Building and showcase the work of nearly 200 students.

This event, created by the college in 2012, gives participants ranging from first-year graduates to those nearing completion of their Ph.D. the opportunity to share their work and network with faculty, staff and industry partners. They will also gain valuable experience giving research presentations that capture the priorities and mission of the college’s eight academic departments.

The Graduate Research Symposium is free and open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to register by Friday, April 19 at the following link:

Guests expected to attend the symposium and provide welcome remarks include Engineering Dean Leo Kempel, MSU President Kevin Guskiewicz, Interim Provost Thomas Jeitschko and Graduate School Dean and Vice Provost Pero Dagbovie.

The symposium fosters a spirit of collaboration that helps graduate students learn what it takes to give effective presentations and use these skills in academic and professional settings. The highest scoring presentations will be recognized by judges.

“The goal is to showcase research conducted by graduate students across the college and provide connections for faculty, staff, industry partners and graduate students,” said Sandra Christlieb, the college’s assistant director for graduate student services “This event creates opportunities to learn, engage and collaborate.”

Sampling of presentations to be given at 2024 symposium:

  • “Opening a pill bottle can be a pain: Quantifying adult and child abilities for access to child resistant packaging”
  • “Smooth Moves: Kinematic smoothness as an assessment tool for functional movement disorder and outcomes from a one-week intensive therapy.”
  • “The Hospital Patient: Identifying changes in average and peak pressures with a new positioning system used to mitigate tissue injury”
  • “Tracking of sexually transmitted diseases in the Detroit metro area by molecular analysis of environmental samples”
  • “Conflict resolution behavior of autonomous vehicles in mixed traffic environment”
  • “Electrifying travels along Lake Michigan circuit”
  • “Safety and operational evaluation of acceleration and deceleration lanes at freeway interchanges”
  • “Understanding the importance of communication in the evolution of cooperation.”

Symposium schedule for Thursday, May 2:

  • 8 - 9 am: Registration, check-in, poster set up
  • 9 - 9:30 am: Welcome remarks
  • 9:30 – 11 am: First poster session
  • 11 am - 12:30 pm: Second poster session
  • 12:30 – 1:30 pm: Lunch
  • 1:30 – 3 pm: Symposium Showcase and afternoon refreshments
  • 3-3:30 pm: 3-Minute Thesis Awards, Poster awards and event closing

Community, industry and corporate sponsors:

  • BASF
  • DOW Chemical
  • Ford
  • Fraunhofer
  • Jackson National Life
  • Meritor
  • Michigan Department of Transportation
  • MSU Facility for Rare Isotope Beams
  • MSU AgBioResearch
  • Rowe
  • Toyota
  • WSP
  • ZF

For more information about the symposium and the College of Engineering’s graduate studies programs, visit

Written by Eric Lacy, See more at the Engineering Media and Public Relations page.