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Research Symposium Celebrates Community of Thinkers

University of St. Thomas students will present oral and poster presentations of their faculty-lead research projects at the 2010 Research Symposium, April 9 and 10. The University community is encouraged to attend these presentations and support their colleagues and fellow students in the presentation of their research projects.

“One of St. Thomas’ most impressive accomplishments is its Research Symposium,” said UST President Robert Ivany. “This is a clear example of dedicated faculty members working together with inspired students to develop a unique product that is a distinguishing achievement of our school.”

A University is a community of thinkers, which is reflected in this year’s Symposium theme, "Thinkers." Research Symposium is a celebration of the thinking that goes on within the various facets of the University community with presentations and posters covering almost every department, major/minor or concentration across the campus.

Last year, more than 220 students participated in the Symposium including 75 oral presentations, 55 poster presentations and 15 graduate students, representing 21 different academic departments.

“Research Symposium is an essential part of a UST education.  In a knowledge society such as ours, students presenting their original research understand from their first-hand experience how new knowledge is discovered, created and brought forward for discussion into a scholarly community,” said Dr. Dominic Aquila, Vice President for Academic Affairs.

“The papers, projects and posters presented at the Undergraduate Research Symposium have become a high point in our academic year, a chance for UST seniors to shine, and to inspire students beginning their academic careers.”

View a complete Symposium schedule and read the abstracts of Symposium participants.

Read the abstracts of the students featured in the photo above:

Emily Calasanz, bioloy
David Doctor, chemistry
Carla Jones Taylor, Master of Education
Jesus Bautista, psychology
April Yang, psychology

Symposium Schedule:

Friday, April 9
Oral Presentations: 10 a.m. - noon, 1 - 4 p.m.
Honors Presentation: 4 to 5 p.m.
Light breakfast: 9 -10:30 a.m.
Lunch: noon to 1 p.m.
Dinner: 5 -7 p.m.

Saturday, April 10
Oral Presentations: 8 a.m.- noon (Principally graduate presentations)
Poster sessions: 10 a.m. -noon, 2 - 4 p.m.
Light breakfast: 8 - 9:30 a.m.
Lunch: noon -2 p.m.
Major, minors and club fairs: noon- 2 p.m.

For more information, contact Dr. Maury Harris, chair of the URC, 713-525-3805.