Annual Research Celebration Today

by Richard Paige

January 20, 2014

Wabash College’s Celebration of Student Research, Scholarship, and Creative Work will take place 1-4 p.m., Friday, Jan. 24, in Detchon Center.

Student engagement is the heart of the Wabash mission to change lives and the 14th annual event highlights the creative accomplishments of the student body.

Students are on hand to answer questions about their research.“The Celebration of Student Research, Scholarship and Creative Work has become a signature event in the life of the College,” said Dean of the College Gary A. Phillips. “While a relatively new tradition, it points to something enduring about this place. Our collective educational purpose is to prepare our students to think well and for themselves, to act creatively and deliberately, to engage their fields of study meaningfully and the liberal arts questions large and small. To my mind, the Celebration is a public statement that Wabash students are our teachers, too, and their accomplishments the fruit of hard labor and a community who trusts and believes in them.”

A total of 72 students will take part in 64 presentations, featuring both oral presentations, posters and exhibits.  Oral presentations begin at 1:10 p.m. and continue every 20 minutes until 4 p.m.  Generally, each oral presentation lasts 12-15 minutes with time following for questions.

Poster and exhibit sessions allow student-scholars the opportunity to present their research findings in a concise, graphic format as they engage one-on-one with attendees. Two 90-minute sessions begin at 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., respectively. Click here for a complete program schedule.

“Many of the Celebration projects highlight the value Wabash places on collaborative academic and creative efforts between faculty and students,” said Lon Porter, associate professor of chemistry.  “One of the most fulfilling aspects of my role as a teacher and scholar is working to discover new knowledge alongside the students. These experiences give us the opportunity to learn and create together and that is a very special part of the core of we do here at the College.  The Celebration spotlights am impressive array of student work, and it’s definitely worth taking a moment during a busy semester to recognize and support it.”

Topics presented and discussed will include studies in biology, physics, psychology and chemistry, critiques of modern cinema and theater, as well as readings from original creative writing pieces.

The celebration is open to the public.  Invited guests include students, faculty, staff, and members of the Wabash College Board of Trustees and Board of Directors of the National Association of Wabash Men.


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