In conjunction with The Honors College, Undergraduate Research organizes UCM’s Scholars Symposium. Formerly known as “Central Scholars Symposium,” this annual event gives students the opportunity to present their distinguished research and cutting-edge creative projects to the UCM community in a public forum. The event serves to recognize the rich array of artistic and academic productivity characteristic of UCM’s academic community.
As a venue for the professional presentation of advanced-level work, Scholars Symposium plays a vital role in advancing undergraduate research at UCM. In presenting their artistic and scholarly achievements in a professional setting, participants in the Symposium play a vital role in advancing undergraduate research and student-faculty collaboration at UCM.
The Symposium showcases student-centered research accomplishments that advance the pursuit of knowledge and learning. It also aims to foster a collegial environment in which those active in research and creative endeavors can engage the work of their peers in a public dialogue.
The primary format of Scholars Symposium is that of roundtable discussions. All participants in Scholars Symposium will be assigned to discipline-specific roundtable panels to discuss their work. Panels are typically comprised of 3 to 5 students and a faculty mentor. To encourage dialogue, students have approximately 10 minutes to present the main elements of their research or creative activity. Once these more formal presentations are made, the remainder of the time allotted is given over to discussion among presenters, faculty moderator, and audience members. When possible, students whose work is primarily creative will also have their work displayed, and, if appropriate, be given the opportunity to perform publically. The Symposium organizers are aware of the potentially diverse needs of different types of creative projects and will work with student presenters to arrange adequate exhibition or performance space.
All students who participate in the Symposium will receive a certificate of recognition for their work.
Pictures from the most recent Scholars Symposium are available here.