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Wooster’s Senior Research Symposium returns in person for Class of 2022

Senior Research Symposium 2022

The College of Wooster welcomed back its annual in-person Senior Research Symposium on Friday, April 29, as students from the College presented their Independent Study projects with a poster session, live presentations, and demonstrations on campus, and virtually on the College’s website.

The symposium featured 179 posters displayed on the indoor track of the Scot Center, 141 virtual projects on Wooster.edu, and more than 50 live presentations and demonstrations in four locations on campus, including gallery talks at The College of Wooster Art Museum.

View 2022 Symposium Page

The online presentations garnered more than 61,000 page views as students presented their work virtually, giving the audience a chance to comment on each project page and giving students the opportunity to share responses regarding their research. In total, the projects received nearly 700 comments from a worldwide audience.

Senior Research SymposiumEstablished in 2008, the symposium was designed to give students a special forum to share their journeys through Independent Study, 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 judgement 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.

While so many of the projects were outstanding, the following received awards from a panel of judges made up of faculty and staff at the College.

Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity Awards:

Dr. Melissa Schultz Sustainability and the Environment Awards:

Critical Digital Engagement Awards:

These are a few of the others that caught the 25 judges’ eyes:

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