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Three-Day Celebration of Research will showcase seniors’ Academic Research Projects

University Liggett School will celebrate the passions and discoveries of its seniors, who will present their Academic Research Projects to the public, during the Celebration of Research, May 31 - June 2. The Academic Research Project is the cornerstone of a University Liggett School education and the culmination of nearly two years of research on a chosen topic. The three-day event will be from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, May 31; Wednesday, June 1; and Thursday, June 2. The event is open to the public and will span the school. Students are showcasing artwork, science experiments, films, literature pieces, social awareness projects and health and fitness pieces, including a look at the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The first night of the Celebration of Research features a film festival, with several students showing their work and then answering questions about their films following the screenings. There will also be workshops throughout the school as well as business presentations in the Tarik Commons. Nights two and three will feature lectures, workshops, an art gallery walk and talk and science projects. “The program this year is very different,” said Shernaz Minwalla, head of the upper school. “We have asked the students to create interactive experiences. This will make the Celebration of Research experiences much more fun and engaging for attendees and as a result our seniors were compelled to go a little deeper into their area of study.” For their Academic Research Projects, students think about their passions and interests, then pose and answer a relevant academic question. The project expands beyond the boundaries of the school – students work with mentors at metro Detroit universities, health systems and corporations, while others work with out-of-state mentors and experts around the world.