Symposium explores need for research, honors student achievement

April 15, 2016

LIVONIA, Mich. – What is the future of animal law? What can nurses do to encourage innovation? And what can Madonna University students do to support “Meaningful Research that Matters”?

These questions and many more were discussed at the second annual Symposium for Research, Scholarship and Creativity – a day of keynote speeches, poster presentations, demos and student achievement – which took place April 13.

The event began with students, from each of the University’s colleges, receiving awards for leadership, scholarship and academic achievement. Following the recognition event guests could review the student posters detailing their academic research, with topics ranging from dietetics and business plans, to medical care and marketing.

Hands-on activities for visitors included assembling prosthetic hand using parts made with 3D printers, and lifting fingerprints as part of a forensic science workshop.

In a letter to attendees, Phillip Olla, Ph.D., director of the Center for Research at Madonna University, talked about the “critical role” research has in health, quality of life and the environment.

“As both creators and disseminators of knowledge, we aim for our students to be discoverers of knowledge, not passive educational tourists,” he said.

“As society and higher education experiences challenges in securing funding to support activities like the arts and research, it is important for us to be bold, diverse, adaptive, inventive, and strategic with our research and creative endeavor. Crucially, our research has relevance beyond the confines of the University.”