For the past sixteen years Mary Washington has set aside the last day of classes in the spring to celebrate Research and Creativity Day. But recently the last days of the fall semester has also become a time of celebration of student research and creative work. On December 7 and 8, 2023 UMW students will present at six symposia across campus.
On Thursday, December 7, from 11:30am to 4pm, in Lee 412, the UMW Honors Program will hold its annual Fall Symposium. Thirteen Honors Scholars who are completing their honors capstone during the fall semester will present their research or creative projects, with topics ranging from “The Ups and Downs of Imaginative Acting” by Theatre major Maddie Baylor, to “The Presence of Disability In Fantasy” by English major Grace Strong.
Five showcases of student work will occur throughout the day on Friday, December 8:
In the morning, from 9am to 12pm in Monroe 111 and 210, the Department of History and American Studies Fall 2023 Symposium will feature seventeen history majors presenting in six panels, on such topics as “Hot and Cold Wars,” “Colonialism, Identity and Conflict” and “The American Indian Identity movement” among others.
Later that afternoon, the Department of Computer Science hosts a CPSC Extravaganza Cybersecurity Symposium from 3:00-5:00pm in Farmer 025, with ten students presenting the results of their research. Here is their schedule of presenters and topics.
From 4:00-5:30pm in the Weatherly Wing of Seacobeck Hall, six student interns with UMW’s Lively TV will present their original digital media creations for the UMW platform during a Lively Viewing Party.
Also from 4:00-5:30 the second annual Jepson Science Fall Symposium will be held throughout the Jepson Science Center. This year, students have submitted 45 research projects to be presented at the symposium. Thirty-five projects will be presented by students performing course-directed or independent projects in the Biological Sciences, five projects from independent research in the Department of Chemistry and Physics, three projects from independent research in Earth and Environmental Sciences, and two Music Technology research projects.
To end the day, the UMW student-run Columns Humanities and Social Sciences journal will host its second annual Fall symposium from 5-6:30pm in Combs 139.
Congratulations to all the students for their hard work and accomplishments this fall!