Showcasing student innovation

On April 4, Fanshawe College is holding its first annual Student Research and Innovation Day (SRID). The event brings together some of Fanshawe's most innovative students in a friendly competition with some great prizes.

Danielle Phillips, a Corporate Communications and Public Relations student completing her placement with the department of Applied Research and Innovation at Fanshawe said she is really excited to see the event come together. “(Students) are going to set up their research and innovative projects that they've been working on in school. It's kinda like a science fair, but when I think of a science fair it's mostly science and technology, but this is also arts and humanities, business, health sciences and human services, too,” she said.

The event starts at 1 p.m. with keynote speaker Wesley From, Vice President of Engineering at Trojan Technology, in room T1003. From there, projects will be presented in the Colvin Atrium in B building from 2:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m., at which point the awards will be presented. Projects are being evaluated based on format layout, logic of presentation and the presenters' ability to answer questions about their work.

The event features 25 projects completed by students in five categories: Arts/Humanities, Media and Design, Business, Health Sciences/Human Services and Science/Technology. Within each of those five categories there will be three prizewinners. “The first place prize is $1,000, second is $500, third is $300 and then everybody gets $100 for participating,” said Phillips.

“I think it's going to be really good. They haven't had anything like it at Fanshawe before,” said Phillips. “We were hoping for 25 submissions, five in each category. We had over 45 submissions,” she added, highlighting the success the event has already had. Student entries included capstone projects, team projects, degree assignments and course assignments. A selection committee then met to determine which entries would be included in the event.

Phillips thinks that, given the number of students who were interested this year, the Student Research and Innovation Day will successfully continue every year.

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