Senior Symposium 2017 – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
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Senior Symposium 2017

Senior Symposium1Every year, the Senior Symposium creates an opportunity for students to showcase their hard work and research to the community. Continuing the tradition, the 2017 Symposium will include more than 130 students presenting their work on topics ranging from gender norms in classroom settings, to African and International area studies, biology, economic systems, and the study of water and water sheds.

Sponsored by the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL), the Symposium will take place on Friday, April 14 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Geneva and Sanford Rooms, and Learning Studios 1 and 3 of the Warren Hunting Smith Library. The 55-minute presentations include 30 interdisciplinary panels that are scheduled with three to four panels running simultaneously throughout the day.

Each panel has been developed around a specific theme with students from different disciplines presenting around the same topic. For example, the format allows for an environmental studies presentation to be paired with an educational studies project, in order for each academic area to showcase its own priorities, while sharing a link to another student’s work, explains Associate Director of the CTL, Ruth Shields.

Ato 2Some of the panel topics include: “E Plurbius Unum,” which explores gender in education at 12:20 p.m. in the Geneva Room; “Bilingual Education,” which analyzes the benefits of  dual language programs in schools at 1:45 p.m. in the Geneva Room; “What’s in My Water,” which looks at pollution and the water cycle at 3 p.m. in the Sanford Room; and “Boys and Girls,” which closes the symposium with the MAT students examining the work of the Boys and Girls Club and why it is crucial to the Geneva community at 4:05 p.m. in the Sanford Room.

A full listing of presentations can be found in the Senior Symposium booklet. The Senior Symposium will be facilitated by Shields and others from the CTL staff, along with the guidance of faculty moderators. The event is free and open to the public.