Visionary Student Panel & Projects Initiative

Visionary Student Panel & Projects Initiative

2017 VSP

What is the Visionary Student Panel?

If you could wave a magic wand and fix just one thing in your community, what would it be?

This is the question we are asking Macon undergraduates as we prepare for the third annual Visionary Student Panel on October 10 & 11.

Students can register their interest in presenting online at The deadline to register is September 25. Interested students will be invited to sit down with Hannah Vann to talk about their idea and begin crafting their five-minute presentation.

No awards will be given out at the event. Instead students will receive both judge and audience feedback to help them further develop their ideas, and participants who want to pursue funding from the QEP office will get special support in a grant workshop.

The Visionary Student Panel will be in the President’s Dining Room on Oct. 10 & 11 from 6-8pm. Faculty, students, and staff are encouraged to come and show their support for our student presenters. 

If you're interested, fill out the interest form or check out the event on facebook.


What was the result from 2016?

Eight teams of students earned a total of over $7,000 to support their Research that Reaches Out projects, focused on real-world problems. We are proud of our visionary Mercerians! Funded areas of research and service include:

  • Identifying Hispanic health needs in the Middle Georgia area and providing  access to information, interventions, and treatment
  • Harnessing energy from rainfall to use as an energy source
  • Prosthetics - including prototype creation of upper arm and pediatric prosthetics as well as the manufacturing of below-knee and above-knee prosthetics
  • Fundraising, programming, and advocacy for the local children's hospital
  • Presenting information regarding sexual assault to the community through the use of digital media projects