Graduate students are a creative source for new technologies such as nanotube fountain pens and security improvements through advancing fingerprint recognition.

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The trending ideas of more than 220 graduate students will be featured by the Michigan State University College of Engineering at the annual Engineering Graduate Research Symposium this Thursday. The event is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the MSU Breslin Center.

“This impressive showcase displays the range of quality graduate research in our college and is an excellent opportunity for students, faculty, industry representatives and others to explore the connections between research and practice,” said Manoochehr Koochesfahani, the College of Engineering’s associate dean for graduate studies and faculty development.

The symposium includes presentations by the departmental nominees for the Fitch Beach Award for Outstanding Graduate Student Research. Each department nominates one doctoral student. Awards are based on a review of students’ academic and professional records and an oral presentation of their research. Awardees receive a stipend from this endowed award, along with a certificate and a medal to be worn at graduation.

The day also includes the presentation of the MSUFCU Research Translation Award. Judges review research posters submitted to the symposium and award $2,000 for first place and $500 for second place to the student presenters who best communicate the commercial application of their research and create posters that spark conversations with potential industry collaborators.

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