Simpson University Student Research Symposium

7th annual Student Research Symposium Participants
Some of the students who participated in the 7th annual Student Research Symposium were, from left: Sarah Blumert, Rachel Crew, Amy Pollard, Amber Soldahl, Garrett Struwe, Heidi Sundquist, Dillon Stetler, Sophia Williams, and Kathryn Paradis.

“The academy has many rich traditions, but the sharing of scholarly work in an
open forum is one of its finest.”

- Dr. Stanley Clark, Simpson University provost (2005-2012)


The Student Research Symposium is an annual, daylong event where students from Simpson University’s undergraduate, Adult Studies and graduate programs present talks, posters or panel discussions on a wide variety of topics. The public is invited to attend the 10- to 30-minute presentations or facilitated poster sessions.

The symposium began in 2011 as a faculty initiative to give Simpson students an opportunity to share their research outside the classroom. The symposium was opened to regional high school students in 2018. Divided into morning and afternoon sessions, with a lunchtime plenary address, the symposium is modeled after professional academic conferences.

8th Annual Student Research Symposium

  • Symposium Date: Wednesday, March 14, 2018
  • Proposal Submissions: Call for proposals will officially open on Nov. 1, 2017
  • Proposal Deadline: All proposals will need to be submitted by Feb. 1, 2018
  • Theme: Place

2018

  • Theme: Place

    Preliminary Call for Proposals for the 8th Annual Simpson Student Research Symposium

    PlaceOn Wednesday, March 14th, 2018, Simpson University will hold its 8th Annual Student Research Symposium (SRS‘18) on campus. The organizing committee encourages students from the traditional undergraduate program, the adult degree-completion program (ASPIRE), graduate programs, and local high schools to submit proposals for presentations at the event.

    The theme for the 8th Annual SRS is Place. As our world grows ever more digitized, the question of place becomes increasingly pertinent; 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. In the biological sciences, for example, place may relate to categorization and classification in addition to physical setting, while in the social sciences place may apply to one’s situation within (or outside of) a given community. For the humanities, the notion of place may invoke a specific geographic location in political, literary, or cultural history, as well as the more figurative sense of finding one’s place in a given social matrix. The university itself might be viewed through the lens of place, in thinking about what transforms a simple collection of buildings into a more significant place.

    For the first time, the organizers of the SRS are inviting research completed at regional high schools, which will be judged in a separate division. Information sessions for interested high school students and teachers will be held several times throughout Fall 2017 at Simpson University. Student research in the high school division will be limited to science and mathematics entries only. High school students and interested faculty may email Dr. Brian Hooker (bhooker@simpsonu.edu), high school division coordinator, for more information regarding the informational sessions.

    The committee welcomes presentations in three different formats: individual talk, poster, or panel discussion. Please see the official symposium website for detailed descriptions of each format as well as instructions on how to submit a proposal. Submissions must be made electronically at the official SRS website by February 1, 2018.


  • Instructions for Proposal Submission
    1. The Simpson Research Symposium is open to any current Simpson University Student or former student who graduated within one year of the symposium date.
    2. The research project and resulting paper, poster, or presentation should be completed by the February 1, 2018 deadline for consideration.
    3. Each presenter must have a Simpson University faculty mentor. The faculty mentor is typically the instructor under whom the research project was conducted (e.g. the instructor of the course for which the research was done). Please talk to the professor before you apply. Make sure he or she is willing to serve as your faculty mentor before submitting your proposal.
    4. Decide if you will present your research findings as a talk (paper) or a poster.
      • For a talk, you will prepare and deliver a 15 (but no more than 20) minute oral presentation about your project, followed by a short Q & A session with the audience. These talks should explore the original ideas of the presenter and may be based upon any academic work, ranging from a summative class project to an independent research project. Visual aids (e.g., use of a whiteboard or an electronic slideshow) are especially encouraged. Be sure to talk to your faculty mentor about what kind of visual aid might best suit your presentation. She or he can help you plan your talk to fit within these designated parameters.
      • For a poster, you will design a large-format poster (three feet tall by four feet wide) and be prepared to explain the poster's contents in a group poster session setting. Posters should be prepared electronically. You will find “Poster Guidelines” located on the symposium website. Printing options will be supplied upon successful submission of a poster presentation proposal. As with talks, posters may be based upon any academic work, ranging from a summative class project to an independent research project. Again, your faculty mentor can provide advice and guidance in designing a poster suitable to your project.
    5. Write an abstract of your research project (no more than 250 words).
    6. Submit your presentation proposal by completing the online proposal form located on the Student Research Symposium website. The application includes your personal information, the name and email address of your faculty mentor, and an abstract of your research project (no more than 250 words).
    7. All proposal applications submitted by the February 1, 2015 deadline will receive full consideration in the symposium. While preference will be given to research projects that incorporate the conference theme, “Movements,” research projects on any subject are eligible for inclusion in the program.
    8. Each applicant will be notified by February 7, 2015 about whether his or her submission has been accepted for inclusion in this year’s symposium program.
    9. Awards. All participants in the symposium will be eligible one of the Stanley Clark Student Research Awards given in three categories (Best Paper, Best Presentation, and Best Poster). If you are giving a talk, and want your paper to be considered for a Stanley Clark Student Research Award, you will also need to submit an electronic copy of the research paper upon which the talk will be based. Only papers submitted by the application deadline will be eligible for the “Best Paper” category of the award. If you do not submit a paper, or your research project did not require a finished paper, the talk you give on the day of the symposium will still be eligible for the “Best Presentation” category of the Stanley Clark Student Research Award. If you are giving a poster, you do not need to submit a research paper with your application, however, a final version of the poster will need to be submitted for printing one week before the symposium. All posters will be eligible for “Best Poster” of the Stanley Clark Student Research Award. The winners of the Stanley Clark Student Research Award will be announced on the day of the symposium. A prize will be given for best undergraduate paper, best undergraduate poster, best undergraduate presentation, best graduate paper, best graduate poster, and best graduate presentation.
    10. View Poster Guidelines

2017

  • Theme: Belonging

    Preliminary Call for Proposals for the 7th Annual Simpson Student Research Symposium

    BelongingOn Saturday, March 4, 2017 Simpson University will hold its 7th Annual Student Research Symposium (SRS’17) on campus. The organizing committee encourages students from the traditional undergraduate program, the adult degree-completion program (ASPIRE), and graduate programs to submit proposals for presentations at the event.

    The committee welcomes presentations in three different formats: individual talk, poster, or panel discussion. Please see the official symposium website for detailed descriptions of each format as well as instructions on how to submit a proposal. Submissions must be made electronically at the official SSRS website by February 1, 2017.


2015

  • Theme: Movements

    Movements PosterPreliminary Call for Proposals for the 5th Annual Simpson Student Research Symposium

    On Saturday, March 7, 2015 Simpson University will hold its 5th Annual Student Research Symposium (SRS’15) on campus. The organizing committee encourages students from the traditional undergraduate program, the adult degree-completion program (ASPIRE), and graduate programs to submit proposals for presentations at the event.

    One of the functions of the university is that it is a place where academics collaborate to seek understanding of the world God created and in which human beings and human societies reside. That world is not static, but is dynamic and fluid. Human knowledge and understanding of the world is continually growing and changing with each new discovery. As a result, one might argue that the university is characteristically a place in motion. The theme for the 5th Annual SRS is Movements. The planning committee would like students to contemplate the concept of movements from their particular academic discipline. The intent is to encourage a broad conversation about the manner in which people, societies, cultures, organisms, nature, institutions, ideas, and Christianity have contributed to the movements and motion we experience in our world. Indeed, the committee hopes students will work with faculty mentors to think creatively about this theme. While priority will be given to projects that incorporate this theme, proposals on any topic will be granted full consideration.

    The committee welcomes presentations in three different formats: individual talk, poster, or panel discussion. Please see the official symposium website for detailed descriptions of each format as well as instructions on how to submit a proposal. Submissions must be made electronically at the official SSRS website by February 1, 2015.

2014

  • Theme: Healing

    Healing PosterThe 4th Annual Student Research Symposium will be held Saturday, March 1, 2014 on the campus of Simpson University. The organizing committee encourages students from the traditional undergraduate program, the adult degree-completion program (ASPIRE), and graduate programs to submit proposals for presentations at the event.

    Once again, the symposium will have a theme designed to encourage conversations across the academic array of disciplines represented on our campus. The planning committee has selected “Healing” as the theme for the 2014 symposium. We are asking students, with the help and guidance of a faculty mentor, to consider a research project that addresses the ways in which their academic discipline might contribute to human understanding of the concept of healing. Topics could focus on aspects of physical, spiritual, psychological, social, or cultural healing, but could also delve into more practical applications like healthcare systems, management, or practices, epidemiological studies, wellness, exercise, dieting, etc. Indeed, the committee hopes students will work with faculty mentors to think creatively about this theme. While priority will be given to projects that incorporate this theme, proposals on any topic will be granted full consideration.

    The committee welcomes presentations in three different formats: individual talk, poster, or panel discussion. Submissions must be made electronically at the official SRS website by February 1, 2014.

2013

  • Theme: Marriage

    The 3rd Annual Simpson Student Research Symposium will be held Saturday, March 2, 2013 on the campus of Simpson University. The organizing committee encourages students from the traditional undergraduate program, the adult degree-completion program (ASPIRE), and graduate programs to submit proposals for presentations at the event.

    The theme for the 2013 symposium is “Marriage.” By selecting this theme, the organizing committee encourages proposals that explore the complex ways in which the concept of marriage appears within the arts and sciences. Topics are not limited to the institution of marriage, but could include research projects that examine the marriage of cultures, histories, principles, methodologies, worldviews, or ideas. Indeed, the committee hopes students will work with faculty mentors to think creatively about this theme as it applies to the subject matter of all academic disciplines in the university. While priority will be given to projects that incorporate this theme, proposals on any topic will be granted full consideration.

    The committee welcomes presentations in three different formats: individual talk, poster, or panel discussion.  Abstracts must be submitted by February 1, 2013 to receive full consideration.

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