Robotics, hissing roaches part of Friday gathering

The College of Engineering and Science is hosting its annual undergraduate and graduate student research symposium on Friday, Oct. 17, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Robotics, hissing cockroaches and chemistry experiments will be among the attractions.

Everyone is welcome to stop by the High Bay in the Engineering Building to review the findings of over 60 undergraduate students.

More than $3,000 in prizes will be given for students’ work.

A people’s choice award will be awarded, as well, and a panel of judges, including UDM faculty and others from outside the university, will choose the most relatable and well-researched presentation.

“Yes, it has to be scientifically valid,” said Dr. Klaus Friedrich, assistant professor of chemistry. “But it doesn’t have to be on an ivory tower.”

The projects will be submitted by groups of two to three students presenting research on topics ranging from robotics to engineering.

The most senior student in the group will present work during the symposium.

According to Friedrich, it is a rewarding experience for any student who wants to attend.

“If there is a business and finance guy who really likes robotics, he might like the robotic demonstrations,” said Friedrich.

In addition to offering  students an opportunity to present research, the symposium is a good way to attract potential students, Friedrich said.

More than one hundred high school students have been invited to attend.

Food and drinks will be served.