WOOSTER, Ohio – A total of 370 presentations will take place across The College of Wooster campus this Friday, April 26, as more than 75 percent of the Class of 2019 enthusiastically accepted the invitation to share their year-long Independent Study projects at Senior Research Symposium – a distinctive event that is equally enlightening and entertaining. This year’s symposium will feature oral presentations, poster sessions, art exhibitions, musical performances, and more throughout the day from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. It is free and open to the public.
With more than 40 of Wooster’s academic programs represented, there are topics to satisfy anyone’s interest. “2020 U.S. Presidential Forecasting” (math, computer science), “An Assessment of Combined Sewage Overflows in the Washington, D.C., Division of the Potomac River” (environmental geoscience), “Ecological and Social Drivers and Impacts of Farm Diversification in Northern and Central Ohio” (sociology), “iFelt It: The Use of Flannel Boards and iPad Technology for Hands-On Vocabulary Learning in Early Childhood” (communication sciences and disorders), “The Impact of Electronic Word of Mouth (e-WOM) on Product Sales” (business economics), “The Invisible Injury: Post-Concussion Syndrome Symptoms on Emotion Processing Following Acute Mental Stress” (neuroscience), “Love at First Swipe: The Accuracy of First Impression Personality Judgements in the Realm of Mobile Dating Apps” (psychology) are among the enticing project titles.
Of special note, the three finalists—Claire Smrekar, Eva Stebel, and Hyuga Uchida—for the Melissa Schultz I.S. Research Prize in Sustainability and the Environment will present their respective projects consecutively in Gault Lecture Hall in Williams Hall of Life Sciences from 9-10 a.m. Music performances by Iain Joseph and Jeremy Smucker will be at Gault Recital Hall of Scheide Music Center between 11 a.m.-noon., 11 studio art exhibits will be featured at the CWAM from 2-3 p.m., and six student digital presentations will be on display at CoRE in Andrews Library between 2-4 p.m.
Established in 2008, the symposium was designed to give students a special forum to share their journey through I.S., Wooster’s renowned senior capstone experience. This rigorous project gives each student—not just those in an honors program—an opportunity to work one-on-one with a faculty mentor to conceive, organize, and complete a significant research project on a topic of the student’s own choosing. The process has proven to develop a wide range of skills, from independent judgment and analytical ability to project-management and time-management skills, as well as strong written and oral communication skills, all highly valued by employers and graduate schools.