Simpson University Holds Fourth Annual Student Research Symposium

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Simpson University Student Research Symposium

REDDING, Calif. - Enjoy thought-provoking presentations and Q&A opportunities at Simpson University’s 4th annual Student Research Symposium this Saturday, March 1, in LaBaume-Rudat Hall on campus.

The free, daylong event features presentations and posters by more than 35 undergraduate and graduate students on topics from multiple disciplines.

Registration starts at 9 a.m., with the opening plenary session at 10. A limited number of complimentary lunch tickets to the university's dining center will be available at the registration table.

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 “healing.” Sister Brenda O’Keeffe, from Mercy Medical Center in Redding, will speak at the opening session on “Embracing the Power to Heal the Body, Mind, and Soul.”

Dr. John Ayabe, associate professor of history and a symposium organizer, said the topic of "healing" was chosen because the organizing committee felt it could be addressed from many areas.

"English majors could explore thematic applications of healing in literature; science and outdoor leadership students might examine environmental healing; theology and ministry students might explore spiritual redemption as healing; history and social science students could address communal healing through the lens of socio-political changes; and, of course, nursing students might look at the practices of physical healing in their patients," he said. "The possibilities seemed endless, and we believed that the projects would help us all to better appreciate the many ways that human beings heal or aid in healing."

This year’s presentations include titles such as “Racial Prejudice and Community Healing,” “The Surgery of the Gods," “Pentecostal Conceptions of Divine Healthcare,” and “Land’s Calling: How Industrialization in the U.S. Fostered Jefferson’s Republican Vision.”

For the first time, the symposium will include an awards presentation from 4:45 to 5 p.m. The Stanley Clark Student Research Awards—named after former university provost Stanley Clark, a strong supporter of student research—will be presented to six students (three undergraduate, three graduate), in the categories of best research paper, best research poster, and best research presentation.

For a complete list of topics, times and room locations, visit

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


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