ESPP Fall Student Research Symposium

Mon, October 28, 2019 8:00 AM - Mon, October 28, 2019 2:30 PM at Lincoln Room Kellogg Hotel and Convention Center

The ESPP Student Fall Research Symposium has been a major success drawing 300 attendees from at least six different colleges within MSU along with a significant number of participants from other universities, the public and private sector, and general public.  Our vision for the event is to bring together multiple communities on campus that are working on connecting and integrating science and policy to share their experiences and identify collaborative opportunities. 

Students from throughout MSU and surrounding schools are welcome to submit an abstract to make an oral presentation on their environmental science and policy research. Best presenters will win cash prizes.

Students: To submit an abstract for consideration to the symposium, please fill out this form: events/abstract-form

Tentative Schedule: 

 8:00 a.m. - Registration and breakfast

 8:40 a.m. - Welcome by ESPP Associate Director, Dr. Erin Dreelin

 8:45 a.m. - Plenary talk by Dr. Tim Frazier "Challenges to identification and implementation of hazard mitigation and climate change adaptation strategies for societal resilience enhancement"

9:30 a.m. - Coffee Break

9:40 a.m. - Plenary talk by Jon Allan "What lies in-between Science, Policy, Politics? Multi-lateral governance and the future of the Great Lakes"

10:35 a.m. - Student Presentations (Session I)

11:45 a.m. - Lunch

12:45 p.m. - Student Presentations (Session II)

1:55 p.m. - Plenary talk by Dr. Mark Axelrod "Scientific Uncertainty and Communicating Results to Policymakers"

2:25 p.m. - Closing remarks



  • Dr. Tim Frazier, Professor and Faculty Director of the Emergency and Disaster Management program at Georgetown University
  • Mr. Jon Allan, Former Director of the Michigan Office of the Great Lakes and Founder and President at Jon W. Allan Group, LLC
  • Dr. Mark Axelrod, Associate Professor in James Madison College and Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Michigan State University