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May 1: Student Work Showcased at Meeting of the Minds Research Symposium, May 7


Abby Houck                       

Carnegie Mellon Student Work Showcased at
Meeting of the Minds Research Symposium, May 7

PITTSBURGH—More than 400 students will participate in Carnegie Mellon University's 13th annual Meeting of the Minds undergraduate research symposium from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday, May 7, at Carnegie Mellon's University Center.
undergrad research The Meeting of the Minds is sponsored by Carnegie Mellon's Undergraduate Research Office, which encourages and supports undergraduates to engage in the type of research and innovation that at many institutions is the sole domain of faculty and graduate students. Many projects grow out of students' coursework in their majors, while others typify Carnegie Mellon's emphasis on interdisciplinary collaboration to solve real-world problems. The research symposium was the brainchild of the late Barbara Lazarus, who was Carnegie Mellon's associate provost for academic affairs.     
"Meeting of the Minds is a unique event that celebrates the best in learning at Carnegie Mellon," said Vice Provost for Education Indira Nair. "Undergraduate research is a hallmark of our education, a wonderful opportunity for students and faculty to engage in intellectual inquiry together. In a research university, this is perhaps the best kind of interaction for a student's intellectual, personal and professional growth."
Students from the university's six undergraduate schools will demonstrate their projects, including the Assistive Automotive Intelligence Technology, which advises individuals on how they can drive more safely and with better control of a vehicle. A biomedical engineering major will explain how his anatomical models may help doctors more successfully use pediatric ventricular assist devices (PVADs) to treat children with severe heart failure. Electrical and computer engineering majors will demonstrate HandTalk, a portable glove that recognizes sign language and sends signals to a cell phone that translates the hand gestures into audible speech. Two students from the College Fine Arts and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences have created an interdisciplinary performance installation that explores death and grief.
"Nothing really captures the mission of Carnegie Mellon better than research, and nothing better expresses the diverse ways our campus engages in research across the disciplines than Meeting of the Minds," said Stephanie Wallach, director of the Undergraduate Research Office. "It is a unique Carnegie Mellon tradition."
More information on the symposium can be found at Carnegie Mellon's Undergraduate Research Office Web site,