Meeting of the Minds at Carnegie Mellon University
Mar22

Meeting of the Minds at Carnegie Mellon University

by Lisa Warren Late April and early May bring the end of the academic year to many college campuses, while for high schools the final push comes a bit later. For those who can swing it, late-spring college visits may provide exciting opportunities. Timing and planning a trip can be tricky, though: Activities like student-led campus tours might be unavailable when classes are not in session, such as on “reading days”* and during final exams.  Celebrating innovation and creativityAt Carnegie Mellon University, renowned for its ground-breaking research and for combining disciplines such as the arts and technology, the end-of-the-year “Meeting of the Minds” symposium on undergraduate research takes place on a Reading Day–May 4, 2011, this year. The symposium celebrates undergraduate scholarship, innovation, and creativity. It is sponsored by the Undergraduate Research Office, which provides advising, grant funding for student research projects, and assistance with national and international scholarship and fellowship program application processes. Meeting of the Minds draws more than 400 undergraduate student participants, from freshman to senior level, and from a wide range of majors. Individuals and small teams give oral “PowerPoint” presentations and present posters, exhibits, films, demonstrations, performances and more at this popular annual event. Competitive types can also register for one of the Special Competitions and compete for cash prizes. Thousands of fellow students, faculty, and interested visitors circulate throughout the day, meeting the student researchers and learning about their original projects. Meeting of the Minds is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the University Center on the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, campus. Enlightening, thrilling, life-changingA small sampling of current and recent undergraduate research projects can be found here.  Among those profiled is Rachel Inman, a fifth-year senior from South Carolina, and her “My City, My Block” industrial design project. Describing the significance of the URO’s support for undergraduate student research, Rachel says, “Each year, I would visit Meeting of the Minds, walking through the exhibit spaces, and discussing the projects with my peers. It was not until spring of my junior year that I decided I wanted to undertake my own research project. . . . My SURF (Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship) project not only allowed me to take an idea from initial planning stages to completion, but also pushed me to resolve how I planned to present my findings to both experts and novices.” When asked to describe in one word her experiences as an undergraduate involved in research,Rachel said, “Enlightening.” Other students chose words like “Thrilling,” “Incredible,” “Life-changing,” and “Vital.” Students and families who are similarly excited about undergraduate research opportunities but are unable to attend CMU’s Meeting of the Minds on May 4 should contact or make plans to visit the Undergraduate Research Office at Carnegie Mellon University. Tip: If you visit...

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SmartCollegeVisit Turns One
Nov09

SmartCollegeVisit Turns One

One year ago today, SmartCollegeVisit.com launched as a blog focused on providing information and resources related to college visit planning for college-bound teen and their families. In the course of one year, we published 307 articles, launched three new series and one Twitter chat, and extended our social network to close to 1,000 friends and followers.  SmartCollegeVisit Day 1: November 9, 2009   In Year Two of SmartCollegeVisit, we will continue to publish quality content on topics related to choosing and visiting colleges and universities with insights into the college admission process, along with stories for and from students and parents traveling the road to college.  We'll have a new look, new features, and new services for moms and dads who plan with their teens to tour colleges. Our new suite of services extends to colleges and universities, too. From mobile app development to featured promotions of smart places to visit while on campus, we're excited about what Year Two will bring! Testing of the new site is underway and since we can barely stand the waiting, we wanted to give our readers a sneak preview of the new look: SmartCollegeVisit: New Look – Coming Soon! Highlights of Year One Published two series focused on unique opportunities on college campuses: Smart See, Smart Do Smart Learning  Had fun creating eclectic lists of where notables attended college:  Where'd They Go to School Launched weekly Twitter chat to bring teens, parents, college students, and professionals together to engage in conversation and learning about timely topics related to college and higher education. #CampusChat meets Wednesdays on Twitter at 9PM, Eastern Made the list of others: Top 5 College Visit Sites – Parents CountdownToCollegeCoach Top 100 education advice blogs – College Scholarships  And, won an award: First Place in the Open Concept Business Competition at the 2nd annual VTKnowledgeWorks Entrepreneurship Summit, April 2010 To see what happens next, subscribe to our newsletter. Year Two is going to be even better! Friend and Follow: SmartCollegeVisit on Facebook  SmartCollegeVisit on Twitter (@collegevisit) Anyone with questions about SmartCollegeVisit is invited to contact me. We're signing up colleges and universities to be part of our beta group. Contact me today to learn...

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