16th Annual Academic Conference Scheduled April 24

by Public Relations | Apr 12, 2019

LATROBE, Pennsylvania – Nearly 250 Saint Vincent College students will showcase their research and other academic accomplishments for their classmates, professors and the general public at the College’s 16th Annual Academic Conference from 2:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 24, in the Sis and Herman Dupré Science Pavilion on the Saint Vincent campus.

The conference will be a multidisciplinary exposition and presentation of student research and academic accomplishments. Many students will share their work through posters and displays, while others will present their work in presentations, panel sessions, demonstrations and performances.

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 work by students in a wide variety of disciplines, including areas of anthropology, art, biochemistry, bioinformatics, biology, chemistry, communication, computing and information science, criminology, law and society, cybersecurity, economics, education, engineering science, English, environmental science, graphic design, history, integrated science, management, marketing, mathematics, music, nursing anesthesia, philosophy, physics, politics, psychological science, sociology, studio arts and theology. Additionally, projects will be displayed by Bearcat B.E.S.T. (Building Education through Skills Training) students as well as those involved in the Fred Rogers Center’s Simple Interactions and Incubator 143 initiatives.

The conference will continue its integration of the arts in practice following the popular fine arts demonstrations that have been done previously. Br. Mark Floreanini, O.S.B., associate professor of fine arts, has arranged student demonstrations in illustration, printmaking, stained glass and wheel-thrown pottery. In addition, photography students of Br. Placid Sellers N.O.S.B. will display a gallery of photographs inspired by Da Vinci's Vitruvian Man illustration, and students taught by Dr. Patty Sharbaugh will be exhibiting photography and poetry inspired by Thomas Merton. 

A faculty committee responsible for coordinating the arrangements for the conference is co-chaired by Dr. Derek Breid, assistant professor of engineering science, and Dr. Pete Smyntek, assistant professor of interdisciplinary science. The committee includes Dr. Tim Kelly, professor of history; Dr. Devin Fava, associate professor of psychology; Dr. Kayla Jachimowski, assistant professor of criminology, law and society; Dr. Terrance Smith, assistant professor of management and men’s basketball coach; and Dr. Mark Rivardo, professor of psychology. Saint Vincent senior Russell Clark, a communication major from Waynesburg, is the committee’s Student Government Association representative.

The conference is designed to communicate a fuller appreciation for the intellectual dynamic that lies at the center of academic life at Saint Vincent. It provides an opportunity for the Saint Vincent community to celebrate the work its students have been doing across disciplines.


View a playlist of presentations from the 2018 academic conference on the Saint Vincent College YouTube channel



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