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14th Annual Math and Science Exhibition Draw Crowds

by Benjamin Skye | May 20, 2011 | Student Perspective 0 Comments


In order to encourage more innovation and independent studies, Math and Science students at Spring Arbor University are given the opportunity to showcase their research project at the university’s annual Math and Science Exhibition.

Spring Arbor University (SAU) is the largest evangelical university in Michigan with over 4,000 enrolled students. SAU offers over 70 undergraduate majors and programs, seven degree completion programs, two associate programs, and eight graduate programs.

Spring Arbor University (SAU) is the largest evangelical university in Michigan with over 4,000 enrolled students. SAU offers over 70 undergraduate majors and programs, seven degree completion programs, two associate programs, and eight graduate programs.

Each Spring, Math and Science students work on their individual research projects, knowing that their final product will be displayed at the annual exhibition.

According to assistant professor of Tom Kuntzleman, “This event is as important as any other campus event where students showcase their talents.  Athletes showcase talents on the playing field, artists in art shows, actresses in plays, and musicians in concerts and recitals.  Analogously, scientists and mathematicians hold events to communicate results of their work to one another and to the public.  That’s what this event is for our students of math and science,” Dr. Kuntzleman is one of three professors who help organize the event each year with the other two being fellow chemistry professor, Bruce Baldwin, and emeritus mathematics professor, Garnet Hauger.

This annual exhibit has been greatly influential in helping the students enrolled in Spring Arbor’s Math and Science programs develop their passion for the fields they are in. As a matter of fact, the professors have witnessed great improvement among the projects over the years.“The projects are of the students own choosing and get better and better every year.  This year’s statistics research questions promise to be the most original yet,” says Hauger.

“The projects are of the students own choosing and get better and better every year.  This year’s statistics research questions promise to be the most original yet,”

By opening up the exhibit to the public, the community surrounding Spring Arbor University, especially those from the nearby high schools, have the opportunity to be inspired by the university. “The poster session for the science and math departments is a great way to give incentive to students to work hard on independent research projects.  Because each student is required to investigate a small bite-size piece of research, there is tremendous effort put forth.  The poster session allows a forum for this creative output.  Students and interested persons coming up to the top floor of the science building on May 5 will be met with dozens of excited students all waiting to tell the story of their research,” says Baldwin.

International students interested in pursuing Math and Science should look for universities such as Spring Arbor that encourage their students to innovate and pursue their own independent research. Seeing that creativity is becoming more and more crucial a criteria for employment, university students need to take time to develop this characteristic while completing their degrees.

To learn more about this exhibit, please click here. You can also visit Spring Arbor University’s website: www.arbor.edu.

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