News Briefs: March 26

Eastern Michigan University to host 37th Undergraduate Symposium

Eastern Michigan University will hold the 37th Undergraduate Symposium at the Student Center, March 31.

Hosted by the College of Arts and Sciences, the event will showcase creative student research and projects while celebrating the prodigious academic fortunes of the EMU student body.

Participation for the symposium is welcome to all undergraduate students from all colleges at the university, provided that students have been nominated by a faculty mentor and recommended by their respective department or school.

The program breaks down into segments that will highlight oral presentations and poster presentations, followed by a design expo and celebratory luncheon exclusively for student presenters and faculty.

The keynote speaker will be “USA Today” business reporter and Eastern Michigan University alumnus and former Eastern Echo staffer Nathan Bomey. Bomey was the lead reporter on the city of Detroit’s bankruptcy as well as covered General Motors for the Detroit Free Press.

The exhibit kicks off Friday morning at 9 a.m. with projects open to the public until 4 p.m.

Learn more about the symposium program via the university’s social media outlets – Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@EMUSymposium).

EMU presents over 200 programs at graduate open house

Eastern Michigan University’s Graduate School held their annual Open House inside the Student Center Ballroom, Saturday, March 25.

The two-hour long event offered open dialogue with college department representatives looking to assist upper-class students regarding pursuing graduate studies. Application waiver codes were provided and students could apply to one program free of charge.

Attendees were also afforded the opportunity to apply to one of more than 200 graduate degree program offerings including business, education, and health care, while enjoying light refreshments and an appearance from EMU mascot Swoop the Eagle. Students could also consult with faculty advisors regarding funding and financial aid packages.

“The event is pretty good so far, and I'm exited to hear the reps talk about the graduate assistants hips during the breakout session,” senior physiology major Brandon Bastianelli said.

The aforementioned breakout session was a half-hour long session in Student Center Room 320, which was offered by campus representatives regarding an overview of the application process, benefits and the time commitments of EMU assistantships.

For more information regarding graduate programs and degree offerings, visit

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