Mercer to Hold Second Annual Visionary Student Panel


MACON – Mercer will host its second Visionary Student Panel Oct. 11-12, 6 p.m., in Willingham Auditorium, as part of the Grand Challenges programming in the University's new Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) – Research that Reaches Out.

The panel, which takes place each fall during Mercer's five-year plan, allows undergraduate students to present proposals for exploring local, national or global issues or problems tied directly to the Grand Challenge topics.

The Grand Challenge topic for this academic year is ”Economic Freedom.” Students may present passion projects, ideas or calls to action on any subtopic related to “Economic Freedom” or other local, national, or global issues/problems. 

“This panel event is intended to nurture our students' ideas about how they see the world and how they want it to be,” said Dr. Bridget Trogden, director of Research that Reaches Out. “We aim to encourage them to think boldly as they become leaders and change agents in their desired fields.” 

Participants in the Visionary Student Panel will have 10 minutes to pitch their ideas and respond to questions from a panel of judges and the audience.

The following presentations will take place Oct. 11, 6-8 p.m.:

Redesign of Alexander II Carpool System by Jacob Edwards, Catherine Raybould and Matthew Harris Sustainability on Mercer's Campus by Andrew Kelley Dam the Skies, Hydroelectric Power from Roof Run-off by Adam Landin and Marley Hayes Modern Russian Political and Economic Policy by Robert Roach Mobile Solid Waste Processing and its Application to Glass Waste Reduction in the Bibb County, Georgia, Area by Daniel Kimmel “We Gon' Be Alright”: Hip Hop and Black Lives Matter by Kennedi Johnson Voter Awareness and Participation Among College Students by Jordan Hester and Emily Thompson Research that Retains: Mercer Student Career Placement Initiative by Cole Porter and Aaron Scherf Bears Speak, Sexual Violence Awareness by Emily Thompson

The following presentations will take place Oct. 12, 6-8 p.m.:

A Sustainable Ecology Alternative in the Global Refugee Crisis by Donovan Latherow and Catherine Raybould Universal Trans-Ulnar/Radial Prosthesis – UTURP by Andrew Wilzman, Janki Patel and Jevora Hall Russian and USA Approaches to the Oil Industry/Energy by Austin Bass Assessment and Solutions to Medical Needs of the Hispanic Community in Macon-Bibb County by Kim Belanger-Giguere Mercer on Mission Vietnam by Chris Scrivner FTKtheBearWay by Pornchai Chantha, Demi-Shay Watchorn and Rachel Rosenmeyer Volumetrically Adjustable Pediatric Transtibial Prosthesis for Vietnamese Children by Ryan Sharry, Micah Graves and John Ramirez The Global Market of Medical Tourism by Moriah Roycroft Food Insecurity and School Performance in Macon by Kaitlyn Koontz, Emily Anspach and Kaitlyn Kong

The Visionary Student Panel is free and open to the public. Each night will include an Audience Favorite Award, so come, listen, learn and vote.

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