Celebration of Research Inauguration's Intellectual Focus

by Howard W. Hewitt

January 19, 2007

You might learn about the degradation of porous silicon at the annual Celebration of Student Research. Or, you might be more entertained by the classic rhetoric in sports radio broadcasting. But the "something for everyone" label will be anything but a cliché on Friday afternoon.

The Celebration of Student Research, Scholarship, and Creative work is always a mid-year academic highlight at Wabash College. The Celebration will take on an added role this year as the academic centerpiece in the Inaugural weekend of President Patrick White.

The Celebration will run 1:30-4 p.m. Friday afternoon in Detchon Hall. It’s the only day of the year classes are canceled for the afternoon to allow students, faculty, staff, and members of the public to get a first-hand look at student work. Click here for a complete schedule of the presentations.

"We do this to spotlight the good work of our students," said Todd McDorman, associate professor of rhetoric and Celebration committee chair. "Students produce a number of worthwhile projects that are much like those the professors themselves undertake. The celebration gives students a broad public audience."

One of the real draws is the wide variety of topics. Oral presentations will run the gamut: Kurt Vonnegut, native Hoosiers, ‘The Problem with Grades,’ country music, Alcatraz, coffee, gender’s impact on wages, acting and directing, stereotypes of Asian Americans, the high cost of Medicaid. And, that’s just a small sample.

The poster presentations include student’s research from DNA to nuclear physics. In each case the student will be on hand to answer questions and explain his research.

A full PDF version of the Celebration book can be downloaded here. The book will be available at the Celebration as well.


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