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College takes a day to revel in students’ research

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

MEDIA CONTACT: Jason Hughes or 608-363-2625

Nearly 90 students will present their papers, projects, and research from across many academic disciplines

Spanning topics as wide-ranging as holography, steampunk literature, service learning, and obesity in American pets, nearly 90 students will present their research in the 36th Annual Student Symposium at Beloit College. The symposium—estimated to be one of the largest in the college’s history—will take place Thursday, April 12, from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m., and the day’s events are free and open to the public.

Modeled after professional academic conferences, individual students and small groups will make 20-minute presentations to their peers, professors and the community at large about a project or paper they have researched throughout the year. Classes are suspended for the day, in order for the campus community to take in as many of the presentations as possible, and audience members are encouraged to ask questions about students’ research.

Some presentations include research collected on a local level—via service learning through local community organizations or studying the plants of Beloit’s Newark Road Prairie. Others were the result of time spent abroad, delving into specific genres of literature, conducting scientific experiments, or participating in a Jamaican field school between semesters.

“The symposium represents the best of what we do at Beloit: students being inspired by their teachers, their readings or other things they’ve learned here—and then going a step beyond that,” says Darrah Chavey in a Round Table (the Beloit College newspaper) article about the day. Chavey is an associate professor of math and computer science and the Symposium Day coordinator.

For more information on Symposium Day, contact Chavey at