2023 Research Symposium

The 2023 Research Symposium will be held April 20-21. The schedule for each day will be:

Thursday, April 20

  • 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM – Keynote Speaker, Dr. Mike Ribble, Jones Hall
  • 6:45 PM – 8:15 PM – Poster Presentations, Center for Science and Health Professions Atrium
  • 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM – Graduate Student Virtual Oral Presentations

Friday, April 21

  • 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Oral Presentations and Capstones, Malloy Basement
  • 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Graduate Student Virtual Oral Presentations

Symposium Program Virtual Symposium Program


Keynote Speaker

Dr. Mike RibbleDr. Mike Ribble will discuss Being Digital Citizens in the Age of Technology, AI and Research in Higher Education.   

The expansion of technology and specifically Artificial Intelligence has changed how many in the education field see and use information.  With the ability to have tools generate and manipulate data, there is a question: who or what created what we read, see or believe?  It is imperative for all users of technology, and higher education research specifically, to have a compass or guide on what is being created and shared. Digital Citizenship sets the framework of what we as users produce is representative of the work we have accomplished and recognize what is created by others.  Digital technology are the tools used to help share our ideas with others in a responsible frame. 

Dr. Mike Ribble is the author of books Digital Citizenship Handbook for School Leaders – Fostering Positive Interactions Online, Digital Citizenship in Schools- 3rd edition and Raising a Digital Child.  He has worked within the education field his entire career at various levels, giving him a unique perspective when working with educators.  Dr. Ribble has spoken on the topic of digital citizenship to parents, teachers, and students both in the United States and internationally, and he is interested in providing support for the positive use of technology by all members of the community.  You may follow Dr. Ribble on Twitter @digcitizen


Review the below abstract submissions from UST students showcasing a few of the many outstanding presentations submitted for last year’s Annual Research Symposium.

The Research Symposium promotes undergraduate and graduate research at the University of St. Thomas. Involvement in research teaches students respect for the precepts of honesty and professional ethics.

The Committee on Student Research solicits and screens projects, conducts the annual Research Symposium in the spring and identifies potential grant sources for undergraduate research. Involving close faculty collaboration, undergraduate student research teaches students to be critical thinkers in interpreting and applying the results of their inquiries.

Students learn to analyze outcomes as relevant or faulty and approach all knowledge with a purposeful skepticism until the facts are determined.

Students who receive funding from the Committee on Student Research will present their research at the Undergraduate Research Symposium. A number of students will pursue the opportunity to present their work in other venues regionally and nationally.


Finally, the underlying purpose of undergraduate research is to prepare students for the professional world — public, private or academic. Experience with the research tools and practice of their discipline gives UST graduates firsthand knowledge and makes our alumni more competitive in the marketplace.