Research for canceled symposiums produced by Wright State students published online

Wright State celebrates research by students produced for symposiums that had to be canceled at the Dayton and Lake campuses. (File photo from 2016 symposium.)

When symposiums designed to showcase research by Wright State University students were canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic, faculty and staff leaders found alternative ways to recognize the students’ work and share their findings.

Poster presentations students and faculty members produced for the Symposium of Student Research, Scholarship and Creative Activities and the Lake Campus Research Symposium have been published online.

Held each spring at the Dayton Campus, the Symposium of Student Research, Scholarship and Creative Activities provides graduate and undergraduate students an opportunity to showcase their academic endeavors.

“The goal of the symposium is to highlight and promote the amazing work that Wright State students are doing — research they are conducting, scholarly work they are producing, and creative endeavors they are engaged in while at Wright State,” said Brian Boyd, associate professor of mathematics education.

Despite disruption caused by COVID-19, many students completed projects during the spring semester that typically would be shared at the symposium. While the in-person symposium could not be held, Boyd said it was important to highlight students’ amazing work.

Jane Wildermuth, head of digital initiatives and repository services for the University Libraries, helped to publish 14 poster presentations created by 38 researchers for the symposium on Core Scholar.

The annual Lake Campus Research Symposium provides a forum for Lake Campus students and faculty to share their research across disciplinary boundaries to foster creative thinking and scholarship across the campus and community.

Stephen Jacquemin, associate professor of biology and research coordinator at Lake Campus, said the campus is proud of the work that students have engaged in at Wright State.

“Getting students involved in scholarly research is an important part of our educational mission as working alongside faculty in the process of discovery can both provide formative experiences as well as catalyze a passion for advancing understanding in a variety of fields,” Jacquemin said. “The symposium acts as a sort of capstone that recognizes and showcases these contributions.”

Lake Campus published 26 poster presentations by more than 66 students and faculty members of the campus’ research website.

The Lake Campus Research Initiative also released the 2019 Annual Lake Campus Research Review, which documents scholarship at the college level and demonstrates faculty and student commitment to pedagogy and respective scholarly disciplines to advance classrooms, study areas and community.

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