The Michael D. Wilson Symposium, a campus wide event and academic landmark for UMF, showcases student’s original research and creative work. The symposium presentations consist of papers, oral presentations and poster presentations, original student readings, art gallery exhibits and performances. This gives students the opportunity to gain experience with public speaking and presenting in a professional setting while sharing their knowledge and research with a broad audience. According to the Sun Journal, the projects this year will be presented and performed by 280 students with support and collaboration by 40 faculty members including this year’s Michael D. Wilson Research Fellows and Scholars. The Wilson research program provides project funding to the top student scholars to pursue the highest level of undergraduate research. This year’s students will showcase their work on Wednesday, April 24, throughout campus.