More than 1,000 students to showcase their research and creative activities on April 12 at UMaine

The 2024 Student Symposium for Research and Creative Activity, the University of Maine’s premiere celebration of student achievement, will be on Friday, April 12 from 9 a.m.–3 p.m. at the New Balance Field House. 

More than 1,000 students from the University of Maine and the University of Maine at Machias will showcase their research, scholarship and creative activities that they developed over the academic year. 

The symposium draws more than 2,000 attendees from across both campuses as well as event sponsors, legislators, business leaders and members of the greater community. There, members of the wider community can interact one-on-one with students and their faculty mentors who are shaping the future of Maine in art, business, education, engineering, science and the humanities. 

“The symposium is an opportunity for students to come together with each other as well as the campus community to share what they do and what they care about,” says Caitlin Howell, associate professor and associate director of the Center for Undergraduate Research at UMaine. “It provides a forum to celebrate creativity and accomplishments across all disciplines.”

This year’s keynote speaker is Sreeram “Ram” Dhurjaty, a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the world’s largest technical professional society, and president and founder of Dhurjaty Electronics Consulting LLC. His talk will illustrate how to approach approximations in the high-stakes context of science and engineering. 

The UMaine Student Symposium is the culmination of Maine Impact Week, an annual series of events that celebrate UMaine’s community and contributions to the social and economic advancement of the state and beyond. The events also provide the public with opportunities to learn how work at Maine’s top research university impacts the things they care about, and how to tap into resources and expertise available at the flagship campus. 

The symposium is free and open to the public; registration is required. For more information about the program, the book of abstracts and information on attending, please visit the symposium website