Having students talk about their research is exactly the goal of the expo, said Gindy Neidermyer, interim dean of the College of Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Management.
The expo, at the Memorial Student Center Great Hall and ballrooms, was held in person for the first time since December 2019, allowing students to share their research with faculty, staff, students and visitors. Nearly 100 tables were set up with research posters and projects.
“Our students’ research truly has potential to impact every sector of life,” Neidermyer said. “This live engagement with students and their research is so positive, plus the outstanding work these students are doing is incredible. Having faculty, staff and students walk around to see the research changes the way we think. The interaction is great and allows students, faculty and visitors to share in the advancement of learning an innovation.”
Senior business administration majors Jared Gemeunden and Aaron Holt, who are both graduating Saturday, Dec. 18, and Chase Pierce, a senior business administration major from North Freedom, developed a business plan for an authentic Mexican taco food truck for their entrepreneurship class.
Their goal was to fill a food niche after taverns close for the night in the downtown Eau Claire area.
“I liked the class because we were coming together and working with classmates,” said Gemeunden, of Hudson.
Holt, of Green Bay, agreed. “This class felt super real,” he said. “It’s applicable. We could start the business today.”