300-Plus Seniors to Present at Wooster’s One-of-a-Kind Research Symposium

About 75 percent of the senior class will be showcasing their undergraduate research projects on Friday

23 April, 2018 by Hugh Howard

WOOSTER, Ohio – More than 300 College of Wooster seniors, or about 75 percent of the Class of 2018, are eager to showcase their year-long Independent Study projects at Senior Research Symposium this Friday, April 27. A one-of-a-kind event that is equally enlightening and entertaining, the symposium features presentations, such as poster sessions, art exhibitions, musical performances, and panel discussions, across campus throughout the day from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

There are topics to satisfy anyone’s interest. This year’s projects include “Attachment Style and Romantic Satisfaction as Predictors of Relationship Visibility on Facebook” (psychology), “Dancing Our Way to the Cosmos: A Study in How Extraterrestrial Travel Will Change the Mechanics of Dance” (physics, dance), “How to Move Mountains: An Examination of the U.S. Political Response to the AIDS Crisis” (political science), “Extending Fragrance Release From Swellable Organosilica with Nonvolatile Co-Absorbates” (chemistry), “One God, One Race, One Tongue: A Study of Racial Inequality in Colombia” (global and international studies), “Affordable Care Act: Is it Enough?: An Economic and Philosophical Analysis of Medicaid Expansion Under the Affordable Care Act” (economics, philosophy), and “Nature-Based Sounds Impact on Autonomic Nervous System Response to Stress in a Virtual World” (neuroscience) just to name a few.

Notably, the three finalists for the Melissa Schultz I.S. Research Prize in Sustainability and the Environment will present their respective projects in Lean Lecture Room from 9-10 a.m. Five music performances will take place at Gault Recital Hall between 12-1:30 p.m., five studio art exhibits will be featured at the CWAM from 2-4 p.m., and six students will display their digital presentations at CoRE in Andrews Library, also between 2-4 p.m.

Established in 2008, the symposium was designed to give students a special forum to share their journey through Independent Study, Wooster’s renowned senior capstone experience. This rigorous project gives each student – not just those in an honors program – 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. The process has proven to develop a wide 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.

View the Symposium schedule (.pdf).