The 2011 Michigan Energy Conference Features Poster Competition

posterFerris State University’s Michigan Energy Conference plans to bring students’ alternative energy visions to life through its fourth annual Poster Board Competition.

More than 100 participants from Ferris will be submitting their creative energy poster designs on Thursday, April 7 for judging on Friday, April 8. All posters will be on display in the Rankin Center Dome Room on Monday, April 11, where the top posters, according to the judges, will be announced via e-mail. The top five individuals and the top five teams will be on display during the MEC on Wednesday and Thursday, April 13 through 14.

“In the past, students have done well in researching topics relevant to energy and its affect on them and society,” said Brian Brady, coordinator of the poster competition and assistant professor of Mechanical Engineering Technology at Ferris. “We expect them to do a fine job again this year.”

Conference attendees will have the opportunity to view the top posters and vote on their favorites. The final poster ranking will be announced after the judges’ scores and votes have been tallied at the event.

Top prizes will be awarded to Ferris individuals and group participants. Each division will be awarded $500 for first place, $250 for second, $125 for third, $75 for fourth and $50 for fifth.

Poster competition co-coordinator Jennifer Johnson has been involved with the event during all four years. As a geography professor at Ferris, she is pleased that students take time out of class to focus on energy and requires her students to participant in the event.

“It’s especially rewarding when you find that your service not only relates to issues of personal concern for yourself but also allows you to do something that directly benefits students,” she said. “For me, serving on the Michigan Energy Conference Steering Committee, in this role, serves that purpose.”

Each poster will reflect one of the topics that will be discussed at the MEC, ranging from sustainability to potential pollution. Participants are encouraged to represent an energy issue that interests them for a chance to win one of the many cash prizes and engage in an entry-level professional conference activity.

“You never know when the research a person does for a poster entry will turn into a desire and drive to make a major impact on society,” Brady said.

Posters will be judged on relevancy and content quality, creativity, and visual appearance.

This year’s poster competition is sponsored by the College of Engineering Technology, the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Allied Health Sciences, the Political Engagement Project and University College.

For more information about the Michigan Energy Conference, visit here.

30 March, 2011