Students Explore “Knowledge Out of Chaos” at 2012 Research Symposium
University of St. Thomas students will present oral and poster presentations of their faculty-sponsored research projects at the 2012 Research Symposium, April 12, 13 and 14. The University community is encouraged to attend these presentations and support their colleagues and fellow students.
UST President Dr. Robert Ivany said St. Thomas graduates are distinguished by their ability to think critically and articulate effectively.
“The Research Symposium greatly contributes to these important characteristics,” he said. “We will continue to encourage our students to participate and thank our faculty for their dedication to this outstanding program.”
The theme for this year’s Research Symposium is "Research: Knowledge Out of Chaos.” With the explosion of the Internet, the global scope of knowledge has changed the landscape of the university. As students progress in their education, they learn how to distinguish between truth and what parades itself as truth. By completing a research project, a capstone project or a thesis, student engage in the some of the highest levels of development in their fields.
Dr. Dominic Aquila, vice president for Academic Affairs, said the theme of the Research Symposium reminds us of a basic principle of research: valid and reliable knowledge presupposes an ordered university.
“Perhaps more than most, students at the University of St. Thomas appreciate this foundation for human knowing because they bring whatever they study and research into conversation with the Christian liberal arts tradition,” Aquila said. “This tradition has also equipped student researchers with the skills and tools to judge what is important and worth knowing among the teeming facts that compete for our attention -- how to synthesis worthwhile facts into worthwhile knowledge, and eventually, to be wise.”