Frequently Asked Questions

Schedule, Presenters, Prizes


Schedule, Presenters, Prizes

Why are posters divided into sessions versus by department?
The goal of the Symposium is to bring the whole Michigan Engineering community together. 
We would like for students in different departments to intermingle, see each other’s work, and learn how to communicate to a non-expert engineering audience. We also would like students to feel comfortable by competing only against their peers; that’s why we grouped posters based on progress toward degree.

I’m not sure which session my work fits into. What should I do?
We ask that you carefully go over each of the session descriptions. Feel free to choose ANY session you think is relevant to your research, irrespective of your department. If you still have additional concerns, email the chairs for help:

What are the exact room locations for the events during the Symposium?
All final room locations will be determined after the start of fall classes and posted on the website.

Presenting sounds too stressful. I have other conferences to go to. I don’t have time. Is it a lot of work?
Well, if you’re making a poster from scratch, then it’ll be a little bit of work. Feel free to modify any posters you have already created for any fall technical conferences using our template. If you change your existing poster around a little, it should not be that bad. This is supposed to be a relaxed venue for you to practice your skills among your peers. This is also the perfect venue to practice where you’ll receive instant feedback on your presentations.

Who will be judging the sessions for the prizes?
There will be at least three faculty judges per student in each session, but possibly more.

I have a class on Friday afternoons or another commitment. When will I know what time my presentation will be?
If you have specific time constraints you can email the session chairs after we receive your abstract.

Will I be able to format my poster as I would like?
Sorry, but no. We have a specific template we use, and it will be printed at no cost to you.

Is this a formal event?  Do I actually have to wear a tie/suit?
Business attire is recommended for presenters.