Simpson Holds Second Annual Student Research Symposium: Community Welcome to Attend

For Immediate Release


REDDING, Calif. – On Saturday, March 3, Simpson University will host the 2nd Annual Simpson Student Research Symposium (SSRS), a free event open to the public. The event will take place in LaBaume-Rudat Hall from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The event, which is sponsored by Simpson’s Office of Academic Affairs, is designed to showcase student achievement among the Simpson student body.

Students from a variety of academic programs will present their scholarship through 10-to 30-minute presentations or facilitated poster sessions. They are encouraged to present research conducted as part of their coursework, but also to explore topics outside of their traditional undergraduate or graduate curriculum.

Presentations will explore a wide range of topics, including Milton’s Paradise Lost, Arab feminism, Euclidean geometry, India’s Lokpal Bill, the private lives of John and Robert Kennedy, child and family therapy, parenting, autism, and Armenian genocide.

Simpson Provost, Dr. Stanley Clark said the SSRS was created so students could have a public forum to share their work and to create the experience of what a professional symposium is like.

“The academy has many rich traditions, but the sharing of scholarly work in an open forum is one of its finest,” said Dr. Clark. “The broad spectrum of academic inquiry will be reflected in the student presentations, and the day promises to inspire and enlighten all of us who desire to honor God in our scholarship.”

The SSRS began when several professors saw the need for students to share their research outside the classroom. Professors John Ayabe, Michelle Engblom-Deglmann, Isaiah Lankham and Susan Monteleone, along with Jill Kendrick, program coordinator for the Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology, formed an organizing committee to make it happen. With the backing of the provost, the team sought out short abstracts from students, and they were excited to see a high level of participation.

“Student participation this year has increased by around 30 percent,” said Ayabe. “There will be over 40 different talks and posters at this year’s event.”

For a complete list of topics, times and room locations for the SSRS, download the Simpson University Student Research Symposium schedule.

For more information about the SSRS, contact John Ayabe at (530) 226-4155 or

To view videos of some student presentations, click here.


Simpson University is a Christian university offering undergraduate, graduate and teaching credential programs. Simpson's academic programs include ASPIRE, a degree-completion program geared toward working adults in the north state. Simpson's recent curriculum expansion includes degrees in biology, nursing, outdoor leadership, and a master's degree in counseling psychology. For more information about the university, or to arrange a personalized visit, call 1-888-9-SIMPSON or visit


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