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Academic showcase

University-wide symposium highlights student and faculty research.

April 4, 2018

For the fifth consecutive year, Mount Saint Mary’s hosted an Academic Symposium to showcase original research, creative work and papers by University students, faculty and staff. The April 3 event featured more than 100 presenters sharing their work through poster presentations, research discussions and thesis talks across a wide range of disciplines. Panels also enabled scholars to share behind-the-scenes looks at how they conducted their research or community projects, and what they learned through the process.

The symposium is presented annually by the Mount’s Center for Academic Innovation and Creativity, which works to advance and support the intellectual engagement of faculty and staff to drive excellence in teaching, learning and research. The event alternates campuses each year, with the 2018 symposium taking place at the Mount’s Chalon Campus.

A student delivers a poster presentation during the University's 2018 Academic Symposium at the Mount's Chalon Campus.
A student delivers a poster presentation during the University's 2018 Academic Symposium at the Mount's Chalon Campus.

“Research and creative work advance our contributions to the history of knowledge and cultures,” says Kim Middleton, PhD, director of the Center for Academic Innovation and Creativity. “This symposium really celebrates the intellectual efforts of the entire community here at the Mount. I'm always impressed with our scholars' creativity, their dedication to their respective fields, and the ways that their work lights up the campus with an enthusiasm for deep learning.” 

Students talk on the Admin Lawn between presentations at the Mount's 2018 Academic Symposium.
Students talk on the Admin Lawn between presentations at the Mount's 2018 Academic Symposium.

Presentations were delivered by students and professors from all schools at the University, including the Mount's traditional undergraduate program, Weekend/Evening College and Graduate Division.

The full schedule of papers, posters and presentations are archived online. A photo album from the day is also posted on the University’s Facebook page. To get a taste of the symposium’s breadth and depth, below is a sampling of some presentation titles:

  • An Analysis on Full Reduplication and Rendaku in Japanese
  • Ethical Issues in the Birth Experience: The Impact of Self-Described Trauma in Women’s Birth Narratives
  • United States Tax Reform and the Impact on Education: Past, Present and Future
  • Natural Remedies and Cancer in Women: A Peruvian Communities Study
  • Creating a Pedagogy of Rage: Feminism, Voice and Social Justice Education at a Women’s College
  • Enantiomeric Interactions of Amino Acids Absorbed in Zeolites: An Investigation Using Molecular Modelling
  • Abigail Adams and the Power of Correspondence: Exploring Women’s Roles During the American Revolution
  • Characterizing the Microbiology of the Los Angeles River: From the Sepulveda Basin to Golden Shores.
  • The Art of Healing: The Connection from War to Peace: A Veteran’s Story of how Filmmaking Changed her Narrative to Healing
  • Plague, Politics and Public Health: Lessons from the 1910 Manchurian Plague Outbreak