April 11, 2017
Nearly 300 Saint Vincent College students will be showcasing their research and other academic accomplishments for their classmates, professors and the general public at the College’s 14th Annual Academic Conference from 2 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 26, in the entrance atrium and adjoining hallways of the Sis and Herman Dupré Science Pavilion on the campus of Saint Vincent College.
The conference is a multidisciplinary exposition and presentation of student research and academic accomplishments.
College-bound high school students, parents, teachers, counselors and other interested persons are welcome to attend. Admission is free and open to the public.
This year’s conference will feature more than 300 works by students in a wide variety of disciplines, including areas of accounting, anthropology, biochemistry, bioinformatics, biology, chemistry, communication, computer science, cybersecurity, criminology, law and society, education, engineering, English, environmental chemistry, environmental science, history, information technology, international studies, internships, liberal arts, management, mathematics, music, physics, psychological science, sociology, studio arts and theology.
While many students will share their work through posters and displays, others will present their work in presentations, panel sessions, demonstrations and performances.
Dr. Elaine Bennett, associate professor of anthropology, and Dr. Devin Fava, assistant professor of psychological science, co-chair a faculty committee consisting of Dr. Timothy Kelly, professor of history; Alice Kaylor, dean of studies; Dr. Jeffrey Godwin, associate professor of management; David Safin, assistant professor of communication; Dr. Mark Rivardo, professor of psychology, Dr. Michael Rhodes, professor of biology; and Dr. Gil Bogner, associate professor of history; that is coordinating arrangements for the conference.
A new feature of the conference this year is an Internship Showcase presented in collaboration with the Saint Vincent College Career Center. “We are coordinating a specific section of the poster displays to highlight student internships,” Bennett explained. “The students will put together posters presenting the goals and key features or activities of their internship experiences and will follow the regular poster schedule set-up.”
Saint Vincent students who have completed or are completing an internship or some other experiential learning experience were invited to create a poster or make a 15-minute oral presentation showcasing their work.
Courtney Baum, director of career services, said the opportunity is a valuable one for students. “Students have an opportunity to share their work with other Saint Vincent College students, faculty and staff,” she noted, “and students can help other students learn about opportunities for real world engagement and learning. It is an opportunity for students to polish their presentation and communication skills. It is also an opportunity to practice the development of posters as a form of communication which is valuable in many areas of work.” Baum, together with Dennis Gilbert and Kimberly Woodley of the Career Center, assist students in a wide variety of academic major programs throughout the year to identify and apply for internship positions.
The conference is designed to communicate a fuller appreciation for the intellectual dynamic that lies at the center of academic life of Saint Vincent College.
An academic conference resource page will be featured on the Saint Vincent College website where students will find details about student research, guideline documents, templates, student research grants and helpful links. This page includes resources contributed by a number of faculty members.
“We are also continuing our integration of the arts in practice following the popular fine arts demonstrations that we did previously,” Bennett added. “Br. Mark Floreanini, O.S.B., associate professor of fine arts, is going to have some students demonstrating art and textiles. They will be showing some of the skills they’ve been developing in their classes utilizing needle felting and weaving. We’re continuing to diversify the disciplines represented and really trying to reflect the many types of work that students are doing.”
“The Academic Conference provides an opportunity for the Saint Vincent community to celebrate the work our students have been doing across disciplines and we hope that many underclassmen will attend the event to be inspired by these accomplishments and envision themselves as their academic career progresses,” concluded Bennett. “We hope that the Internship Showcase will serve to both celebrate the students’ impressive internships and provide an example and inspiration for younger students.”
Photo: Co-chairs Dr. Elaine Bennett (standing left) and Dr. Devin Fava, standing right, recently met with Courtney Baum, seated left, director of the career center, and Kelsie Kidner, seated right, a senior accounting major from Upper St. Clair, to finalize plans for this year’s Academic Conference from 2 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 26 at the Sis and Herman Dupré Science Pavilion. Kidner, who completed an internship at Crown Castle of Canonsburg in the internal auditing department, will participate in the new Internship Showcase.
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