More Than 250 Wooster Seniors to Present Research Results on April 27

Classes canceled for daylong celebration of student accomplishments

April 19, 2012 by John Hopkins

WOOSTER, Ohio, April 20, 2012 – Two hundred and sixty five students will share the results of their senior research projects on Friday, April 27 during the College of Wooster’s annual Senior Research Symposium. Oral and poster presentations will begin at 9 a.m. and continue throughout the day in more than a dozen venues around campus. All events are open to the public.

The Senior Research Symposium is the only day in the academic year when the college cancels classes, so the entire campus community can come together in celebration of mentored undergraduate research, the cornerstone of a Wooster education.

Several students will share digital and multimedia exhibits they developed as part of their projects from 9 to 11 a.m., while other students and their faculty mentors will discuss the nature of their collaborative relationship from 11 a.m. to noon, both in Andrews Library. Studio art majors will display and discuss their works in the Sussel Gallery of the College of Wooster Art Museum from 1 to 3 p.m.

The presentations being made throughout the day cover a vast array of topics, with something to pique almost any interest. A few examples:

  • “Surviving War, Surviving Memory: An Oral History of the South Vietnamese Civilian Experience During the Vietnam War” (history)
  • “Verifying Hybridization of the Red-Backed Salamander and the Northern Ravine Salamander on a Broader Geographical Scale, Through Analysis of DNA Sequence Variation” (biology)
  • “Food Insecurity in Sub-Saharan Africa: The Impact of International Food Aid Policies, 2006-2011” (political science)
  • “Two-Person Zero-Sum Game Theory: Batter vs. Pitcher” (mathematics)

More information, including a complete schedule of the day’s events and an alphabetical index of all the students participating, may be found here.

The College of Wooster is America’s premier college for mentored undergraduate research. By working one-on-one with a faculty adviser to create an original research project, written work, performance or art exhibit, every Wooster student develops independent judgment, analytical ability, creativity, project-management and time-management skills, and strong written and oral communication skills. Founded in 1866, the college enrolls approximately 2,000 students.