Tracy Jackson presents his work at last year's Senior Research Symposium

Tracy Jackson presents his work at last year's Senior Research Symposium.


Wooster seniors will showcase their mentored research results on April 24

Art exhibits, music and theatre performances also on tap

20 April, 2015 by John Hopkins

WOOSTER, Ohio – More than 300 Wooster seniors, representing every academic program, will share the results of their yearlong mentored research projects on Friday, April 24, during the eighth annual campus-wide Senior Research Symposium. There will be oral and poster presentations throughout the day, performances by music and theatre majors, and an exhibit by studio art majors. The event, which runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., is free and open to the public. View the complete schedule of the events.

At 3 p.m., a prize for the best research project addressing issues of the environment and sustainability will be awarded. This year’s prize is being given in honor of Melissa M. Schultz, associate professor of chemistry, who was killed in a traffic accident in February.

Here’s a small sampling of the research presentations in store throughout the day:

History major Jon West will screen an 18-minute documentary he produced, “Pittsburgh Steel: Cultural Identity in the Mill Towns of Pittsburgh.”

Sharla Dean, a neuroscience major, will explain “The Effects of Dietary Omega-3 Supplementation During Early Development on Learning and Memory in Adulthood in a Rat Model.”

International relations major Ashley Huddson will present “Assessing the Relationship between Al-Qaeda Central and Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula: Before and After bin Laden.”

English major Colin Commager will read from his manuscript, “Undergrad: An Autobiographical/Metafictive Sitcom”

Music education major Robert MacLellan will share what he has learned about “Teaching Students to Read: Music’s Impact on Language Acquisition and Fluency.”

Hayley Schultz, a communication sciences and disorders major, will present “Hearing the Needs of the Developing World: A Study of the Clinical Practices Used by Audiologists When Fitting Hearing Aids in Developing Countries.”

Both purveyors and consumers of the day’s research insights will be sustained by appetizers and desserts provided by the Wooster Inn, TJ’s Restaurants, Spoon Market, and Tulipan at several locations around campus between 1 and 3 p.m.

For those unable to attend in person, you can watch the live stream. Two events will be live-streamed: a panel discussion with several pairs of student-faculty collaborators at 11 a.m., and presentations by the three finalists for the environment and sustainability prize at 3 p.m.

The College of Wooster is America’s premier college for mentored undergraduate research. By working one-on-one with a faculty adviser to conceive, organize, and complete 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.