Grove City College students will present the fruits of their academic labor at the second annual Symposium of Student Research and Scholarly Activity on Monday, Dec. 9.
The symposium highlights the quality of research in the liberal arts and sciences conducted at the College by students and provides undergraduates a rare opportunity to present their original work in a professional scholarly setting, according to Dr. Michael Jackson, professor of Mathematics and an organizer of the event.
“Research and scholarship have many benefits to students. Scholarly activities build problem solving skills and apply information learned in class in new ways and lead to a deeper understanding of the discipline. These opportunities also help students decided on career and educational paths, and they are important to potential employers and graduate school admissions offices,” Jackson said.
Nine research talks will be presented by 14 students and 16 posters showcasing student work will be displayed. The subjects span disciplines in the College’s Hopeman School of Science, Engineering and Mathematics and Calderwood School of Arts and Letters.
The symposium begins with three parallel sessions of research talks at 3 p.m. in the Hall of Arts and Letters on campus, followed by plenary addresses by established scholars – and alumni – Dr. William Ross ’09, assistant professor of Old Testament at Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte, N.C., and Dr. Anna Wargula ’11, assistant professor of ocean engineering at the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md., from 4 to 5 p.m. and poster presentations beginning at 5 p.m.
“We hope that this event fosters an interest in meaningful research and inspires students to pursue scholarly venues for Christian stewardship and faithfulness,” Dr. Joshua Mayo ’10, assistant professor of English, said.
The Symposium of Student Research and Scholarly Activity is free and open to the public.