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Annual Auburn Research Student Symposium brings out research talent

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Nearly 600 Auburn University students with a flair for research and creativity showcased their talents at the annual Auburn Research Student Symposium.

With projects ranging from chemical engineering to plant pathology to architecture and design, the symposium provided Auburn and Auburn Montgomery students an opportunity to share their discoveries university-wide. The daylong event took place in the Student Center.

Undergraduate and graduate students from almost every department participated through posters, oral presentations and creative scholarship displays. Approximately 400 student researchers presented and more than 180 gave 10-minute talks, all under the watchful eyes of judges who selected top honors in a variety of university-wide and college-specific categories.

An awards ceremony and reception were held with keynote speaker Dr. Michael Zabala, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, who earned his bachelor’s at Auburn in 2007.

Dr. Steve Taylor, chair of the Research Symposia Committee and associate dean for research in the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, said, “Our students’ innovative research covers many areas, from projects in STEM disciplines [science, technology, engineering and mathematics] to the arts and humanities. They are working with our world-class faculty on life-changing projects that could shape new developments in many fields.”

Auburn University is a nationally ranked land grant institution recognized for its commitment to world-class scholarship, interdisciplinary research with an elite, top-tier Carnegie R1 classification and an undergraduate education experience second to none. Auburn is home to more than 30,000 students, and its faculty and research partners collaborate to develop and deliver meaningful scholarship, science and technology-based advancements that meet pressing regional, national and global needs. Auburn's commitment to active student engagement, professional success and public/private partnership drives a growing reputation for outreach and extension that delivers broad economic, health and societal impact. Auburn's mission to educate, discover and collaborate drives its expanding impact on the world.