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Celebrating student innovation

Jenna Want | Interrobang | News | March 18th, 2013

Fanshawe College offers many opportunities for students to be rewarded for their hard work throughout the school year, whether it's through bursaries, special awards or events like Student Research Innovation Day (SRID).

This year is the second annual SRID event at Fanshawe, and it's certainly not the last. Students from every program Fanshawe has to offer have submitted their most innovative individual, group, class or capstone projects to be judged. “It gives an opportunity for students in different programs to come together in one location and recognize the type of work and level of work in the different programs,” said Dan Douglas, Acting Dean of Applied Research and Innovation. “A lot of times, students do get stuck in their own program, and this is a chance for students to rub shoulders with everyone across the College.” There will also be guests from a variety of industries in attendance, which gives students the opportunity to connect and network at the event.

Up to 25 applicants will be selected to display their projects on SRID. Last year, students submitted everything from a robotic lawn mower to a study on the differences and similarities between international and Canadian students.

This year's event will take place on April 3, beginning at 1 p.m. in the James A. Colvin Atrium in B building.

The day begins with a keynote speaker, followed by the display and viewing of the various projects. The judging will take place immediately afterward by a panel of experts, who will be examining each project for format, design, concept and appearance; clarity; and the project creators' answers to the judge's questions. The announcement of winners and awards ceremony will begin at 4:30 p.m.

This year there are four prizes to be won: the first place winner will take home $1,000, second place will receive $500, and $250 for third place. Something new they've incorporated this year is the People's Choice award. Everyone who attends the event will be asked to select their favourite innovative project, and the creators of the project with the most votes will receive $250.

This is a great way to bring the Fanshawe community together in a positive environment. “There's so much good work going on across the college that we don't often bring it all together to showcase the work that's being done,” Douglas said.

“We're building the capacity of research at the College. More and more faculty are engaging in research projects with their students,” he continued.

Check out SRID and support your fellow students on April 3 in the James A. Colvin Atrium in B building. For more information, head to
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