Fourth Annual LSSU University-Wide Senior Symposium is April 20

Campus SymposiumACADEMIC SHOWCASE — Hundreds pack the Taffy Abel ice arena for a past senior research symposium at Lake Superior State University in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. This year more than 100 students from up to two-dozen majors will share their results in a campus-wide poster session on April 20 in LSSU’s Taffy Abel Ice Arena. A senior thesis is the capstone experience for most students at LSSU. Students choose a topic, design a study, collect and analyze the data, write a thesis and present the information to the university community and interested members of the public. (LSSU/John Shibley)

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Lake Superior State University invites the public to come see what kind of research its senior students have been doing, with a fourth annual university-wide senior symposium in the university’s Taffy Abel Ice Arena, 3-5 p.m. on April 20.

Seniors from various disciplines will share research through posters set up throughout the arena and provide people touring the displays an opportunity to talk directly with researchers.

A senior thesis is the capstone experience for most students at LSSU. Students choose a topic, design a study, collect and analyze the data, write a thesis and present the information to the university community and interested members of the public.

Projects typically take an entire year for the students to design and complete, and often address practical issues within their areas of study.

The senior thesis experience for students in the sciences, engineering, and several other majors, is one aspect of LSSU that greatly sets it apart from undergraduate programs at other universities.

The symposium is a great opportunity to see what kinds of projects Lake State students complete, some of which directly address problems or answer questions for businesses, organizations, and agencies.

“We invite the Sault community members to see what our students do, which may lead to ideas that could tie senior projects to help local companies and organizations,” says Gregory Zimmerman, professor of biology and one of the event organizers. “Prospective students can also see what they could be doing while at LSSU.”

The symposium has become an annual celebration of student research and outreach projects. Admission is free and open to the public. High school students are strongly urged to come. For more information, contact Greg Zimmerman at (906) 635-2470 or .