Visionary Student Panel & Projects Initiative

graphic of colorful powder explosion with text Visionary Student Panel and a hyperlink to the application to present.

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 fifth annual Visionary Student Panel (VSP) on October 24, 2019 from 6-8 pm in the President's Dining Room.

How do students sign up to present?

Students can apply to present by September 19. Click here to apply!

Applicants will be invited to an interview with Hannah Vann, the Associate Director of Research that Reaches Out, during the week of September 23. Decisions will be announced on September 28.

What do student presenters have to do?

Student presenters will receive one-on-one coaching with Hannah as they craft their five-minute pitches. At the event, students will address the following questions in their pitches:

  • What is the issue?
  • Why is this issue important to you?
  • Why should the rest of us care about this issue?
  • Is anything being done to address this problem?
  • What do you plan to do?

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.

How can students apply for funding?

Only students selected to present are eligible for funding. No awards will be given out at the event on October 24. Instead presenters will receive both judge and audience feedback to help them develop their ideas for the grant application. Applications will be due on November 8, and decisions will be announced by November 19, 2019. Awardees will be able to use their funding until May 1, 2020.

Click here to apply to present.