Senior Research Symposium Draws Record Number of Presenters

More than 350 students to share their Independent Study projects on April 29

25 April, 2016 by John Hopkins

WOOSTER, Ohio — A record number of seniors — more than 350, representing 80 percent of the Class of 2016 — will showcase their undergraduate research projects through posters and presentations at The College of Wooster's annual Senior Research Symposium on Friday, April 29. Sessions begin at 9 a.m. and continue through 4 p.m. There will also be panel discussions, art exhibitions, and music performances. Members of the community are invited and encouraged to attend.

The symposium was established in 2008 to give students an opportunity to share their journey through Independent Study, Wooster's nationally acclaimed senior capstone experience. This rigorous senior project gives each student an opportunity to work one-on-one with a faculty mentor to conceive, organize, and complete a significant research project on a topic of the student's own choosing. In the process, they develop a range of skills, from independent judgment and analytical ability to project-management and time-management skills, as well as strong written and oral communication skills, all highly valued by employers and graduate schools.

This year's projects include such provocative titles as "I Don't Trust Me and Neither Should You: A Collection of Comedic Essays" (English/creative writing), "There is No Return to Normalcy: How Warren G. Harding Addressed the Issue of Race Following the Great War" (history), "Evolving Standards of Decency: The Intersection of Death Penalty Theory and Supreme Court Jurisprudence" (political science), "Music Therapy and Domestic Violence: Providing Support to Adolescents and Children" (music), "The Effects of Bilingualism on Attention and Task-Switching Abilities" (neuroscience), and scores of others.

Several student-faculty presentations (11 a.m. to noon), which will take place at venues across campus, as well as the music performances in Scheide Music Center (1-2 p.m.), and presentations by the three finalists for the Melissa Schultz Prize (3-4 p.m.) will be live streamed.  In addition, five students will participate in "three-minute thesis" presentations between 10-11 a.m. in CoRE of Andrews Library (1140 Beall Ave.).

View the Symposium schedule (.pdf).