Simpson University Holds Eighth Annual Student Research Symposium

For Immediate Release


REDDING, Calif.—Local high school students will join Simpson University students in presenting research during the university’s 8th annual Student Research Symposium on Wednesday, March 14.

The public is invited to attend the free, daylong event, which features 19 presentations by 27 undergraduate and graduate students—as well as one session by Shasta High School students—on topics from multiple disciplines. There will also be six presentations by Simpson faculty.

“The event is designed to focus on the academic work of our students and to celebrate that,” Dr. John Ayabe, chair of the symposium committee.

Free registration will be from 8 to 10 a.m. outside the Bean Scene coffee shop on campus. Chartwell’s will provide breakfast vouchers for outdoor dining on Simpson Boulevard. Guests are welcome to purchase lunch in the campus dining hall. Registered attendees will have a chance to win T-shirts throughout the day.

From 9 to 10 a.m., the Science Department will sponsor an egg-drop contest at the Bean Scene patio. The Outdoor Leadership Department will also be doing a demonstration event.

The opening plenary session will be at 10:20 a.m. inside the James M. Grant Student Life Center, featuring Dr. Joe Wyse, president of Shasta College. He will speak on “The Concept of ‘Place’ in Career Pathways: A Personal Perspective Presented Through One Life Story.”

This year’s symposium theme is “Place.”

Student Research Symposium group

“As our world grows ever more digitized, the question of place becomes increasingly pertinent,” Dr. Nicole Kenley, a co-organizer of the symposium, said. “Traditional liberal arts disciplines, such as the sciences and the humanities, have a history of considering this question and are well equipped to tackle its contemporary implications.”

Throughout the day, participants will present their scholarship in 10- to 30-minute presentations in various classrooms in LaBaume-Rudat Hall. Seating at each session is limited and available on a first-come basis.

A schedule of sessions is available online here.

This year’s presentations include titles such as “Proposal for High Flow Nasal Cannula Therapy in Treating Acute Respiratory Failure,” “Early Formations of German National Identity in the Renaissance and Reformation,” and “Metagenomics of Microbial Communities in Acid Mine Drainage,” among others. During the 4 p.m. session, Shasta High School students will present research on “Building a Micro-satellite to Conduct Scientific Research of the Low Earth Orbit (LEO) Environment.”

The symposium will conclude with an awards banquet for presenters in the Collord-Humphries room. The Stanley Clark Student Research Awards—named after former university provost Stanley Clark, a strong supporter of student research—will be presented to students for best research paper and best research presentation in undergraduate and graduate categories.

Learn more about the symposium at

Photo by Matt Murnan / Simpson University students participate in the 2016 Student Research Symposium.




Simpson University, established in 1921, is a Christian university offering undergraduate, graduate, and teaching credential programs. The university celebrated its 25th year in Redding and the completion of a Science and Nursing Center in 2014. Academic programs include ASPIRE, a degree-completion program geared toward working adults with both on-campus and online course offerings, including degrees in psychology and organizational leadership. For information about the university, or to arrange a campus visit, call 1-888-9-SIMPSON or visit


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