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Seniors Sign Up for Symposium!

The fourth annual Senior Symposium is currently looking for students from the Classes of 2012 to register and submit publication-ready project abstracts by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 14.

The Senior Symposium will take place on Friday, April 13, and is an all-day conference-style event that provides seniors with the opportunity to present their best work including research findings, creative arts, theory or other significant intellectual projects.  Seniors participate in interdisciplinary panels and present their works in various ways: reading creative works, presenting posters, giving a talk with a visual aid, video clips of performance or projects, or other methods as appropriate.   

Designed to foster student success beyond college, the symposium will provide several opportunities for students to refine their skills while they are preparing for the event through a series of workshops sponsored by the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL).

On Monday, March 12, Assistant Professor Maggie Werner of Writing and Rhetoric and Coordinator of Writing Initiatives Caitlin Caron will host an Abstract Writing and Editing Workshop at 2 p.m. in the Learn Lab.

On Tuesday, March 13, Visiting Assistant Professor of English Sarah Berry and Coordinator of Writing Initiatives Caitlin Caron will host an Abstract Writing and Editing Workshop at 6 p.m. All three workshops will be held at the Learn Lab in the Warren Hunting Smith Library.

Writing Specialist Susan Hess will offer open drop-in hours at CTL from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. on Tuesday, March 13.

On April, 9, 10 and 11, CTL will offer several Presentation Practice sessions for students interested in gaining feedback from faculty and CTL staff.  Details about these workshops are still being worked out, so check back to the event website for facilitators, places and times:

Started in April 2010, the Senior Symposium honors the best traditions of a liberal arts education, taking academics outside the classroom, giving individual academic passions a broad audience, and exchanging ideas among diverse HWS communities. During that inaugural event, 80 students represented the natural and social sciences and arts and humanities, as well as the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning and the Center for Global Education.

Registration requires a faculty sponsor, an application form, and a publication-ready abstract submitted online. Abstracts must conform to certain guidelines, which are set forth on the event’s website,

In order to complete your application and submit your abstract, visit the Senior Symposium website:


 If you have any questions, please contact Ruth Shields at or call ext. 3959.

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