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A Preview of Undergraduate Research

March 28, 2013 in Uncategorized

This past weekend, high school students and their families had a chance to explore all of the amazing opportunities that Michigan Tech has to offer during Preview Day 2013. Some of you may remember attending Preview Day in the past, and hopefully your experience was both excellent and memorable! This annual event invites accepted students to come see what Michigan Tech can offer them, and to get a taste of campus before they decide on where they’d like to attend college. This year’s Preview Day was Saturday, March 23.

Upon arriving for check-in at the Rosza Center, students were greeted by some of Michigan Tech’s eager and energetic students who handed out welcome packets and answered any questions that students and their families had. Next came information sessions about some of the great opportunities for students, like study abroad, financial aid, student life, and more.

After enjoying a free lunch in the Wadsworth Hall dining hall, students and families were able to check out the Michigan Tech Showcase to chat with respresentatives from departments across campus. This was a chance to learn about different majors and minors, and to get more information about life at Michigan Tech. Campus tours were available to give prospective students a more in-depth look at what life as a Michigan Tech student is like.

Students working on an enterprise project

To add to all of the great Preview Day activities, the Undergraduate Research Expo was also held on Saturday. The expo is organized by the Honors Institute and is a venue for undergraduate researchers to present their research to faculty, staff, and visiting students and families. This gave prospective students a glimpse into the type of work they could do if they chose to attend Michigan Tech, and allowed student presenters to show off all of their hard work. Each poster presentation was judged by faculty, and the top three posters received cash prizes.

This was the first year for the Undergraduate Research Expo, as it used to be part of the Undergraduate Expo. This event featured enterprise teams, undergraduate research, and senior design projects. However, the event had gotten too large, so a separate event was created to focus specifically on the work of undergraduate researchers.