Simpson University holds third annual Student Research Symposium Community Welcome to Attend

For Immediate Release


REDDING, Calif. - The public is invited to attend Simpson University’s 3rd annual Student Research Symposium on Saturday, March 2, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in LaBaume-Rudat Hall on campus.

Registration starts at 9 a.m. Those who register will receive a ticket for a complimentary lunch in the university dining center.

The event, sponsored by the university’s Office of Academic Affairs, is designed to showcase scholarly achievement among undergraduate and graduate students.

Participants present their scholarship through 10- to 30-minute presentations or facilitated poster sessions. This year’s conference focuses on the theme of “marriage” and features 31 presentations by 26 undergraduates and 10 graduate students.

“While the word invokes the idea of marriage between husband and wife, the intent is to view the term in a broader sense – the merging or bringing together of ideas, peoples, nations, and disciplines,” said Dr. John Ayabe, assistant professor of history and a symposium organizer. “The university fulfills this through the programs and curriculum it offers, but it also brings together people of different ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds. We have asked our students to explore this idea in their research.”

This year’s presentations include titles such as “Balancing Individuality and Togetherness,” “The Value of the Arts in Peacebuilding, “Marriage of Non-Pharmacological and Medicinal Treatments for Pain in Chronic Disease Processes,” and “The Romanticization of Pocahontas.”

The Student Research Symposium began in 2011 when several Simpson professors saw the need for students to share their research outside the classroom. The organizing committee includes professors Ayabe, Michelle Engblom-Deglmann, Mardy Philippian, and Jill Kendrick, program coordinator for the Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology. 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 the first year. Student participation increased by about 30 percent the second year, and excitement continues to grow, Ayabe said.

“We are looking forward to another strong symposium this year from our students and are excited to be able to share their work with the Redding community,” he said.

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


Simpson University is a Christian university offering undergraduate, graduate, and teaching credential programs. Academic programs include ASPIRE, a degree-completion program geared toward working adults in the north state. Simpson’s newest programs include degrees in nursing, biology, outdoor leadership, and master’s degrees in counseling psychology and organizational leadership. For more information, or to arrange a campus visit, call 1-888-9-SIMPSON or visit


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