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Research Symposium Springs for Knowledge

University of St. Thomas students will present oral and poster presentations of their faculty-led research projects at the 2011 Research Symposium on April 8 and 9. The University community is encouraged to attend these presentations and support their colleagues and fellow students in the presentation of their research projects.

“The Research Symposium is a tribute to our dedicated faculty who inspire our students to conduct exciting research, to collaborate their efforts and to share the knowledge they have learned,” said UST President Dr. Robert Ivany.

“Springing into Knowledge” is the theme for this year’s Research Symposium.  This theme not only captures the joyful nature of the act of learning, but also emphasizes the University´s liberal arts tradition, which serves as the source for bringing forth new knowledge. 

The Research Symposium will be a joyful celebration of the “springing” of new knowledge that occurs when students, faculty and the University community collaborate toward achieving a common goal: providing the intellectual seeds that will inspire students to research established models, engage in higher-level thinking, and generate new and creative ideas.

“Undergraduate research continues to flourish at the University of St. Thomas,” said Dr. Dominic Aquila, vice president for Academic Affairs. “It is a natural outgrowth of a distinctive feature and principle of a UST education: close faculty-student relationships. Such close relations, taken together, form a culture of mentorship at UST, which is essential for successful and meaningful research.

“In national conversations on education, undergraduate research has been called a ‘high-impact’ student experience,” Aquila said. “The UST experience underscores this point. For UST students, undergraduate research is a means to apply the resources of their liberal arts education, as it also prepares them for the more demanding research and problems they will face in graduate school or in their professional lives.”

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.

Symposium Schedule

Friday, April 8
Scanlan Room., Jerabeck
Light Breakfast: 8:30-9 a.m.
Oral Presentations: 9 a.m. to noon.; 1-4 p.m.
Lunch: noon -1 p.m.
Honors Presentations: 4- 5 p.m.
Knights of Columbus Fish Fry: 5-6:30 p.m.
Posters Session A: 6-8 p.m.

Saturday, April 9
Scanlan Rm., Jerabeck, Malloy Hall
Light Breakfast: 8:30-9 a.m.
Poster Session B: 9-11 a.m.
Oral Presentations: 9 a.m.-noon
Lunch: noon-1 p.m.

UST Student Art Show
Old Bookstore, Crooker Center
Opening Reception:
Friday, April 8, 3-6 p.m.
Exhibit open 8 a.m.- 10 p.m.
every day through April 14

View a complete schedule of all presentations and a complete listing of abstracts.

Click on names to read research abstracts from the students featured in the photo above: Front row from left to right: Lisa Foxworth, Alexandra Castro, Adeel Faruki, Denise Chau, Denise Wilborn. Back row: Sunita George, Laura Villarreal Barrera, Austin Stanfill.