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Jo Young Switzer Award for Excellence in Writing:

Sarah Plew, Amy Kraner Luthanen, Thomas Blake


Video winners: Lindsey Franks, Kelsey Gower,

Rebecca Pendergrass, Kimberlee Weaver

Poster winners: Emily Goins, Dylan Hiner


3:30 p.m. Friday, April 13, 2012

April 13 symposium displays range

of Manchester College student research

“Writers are as unique as their writing processes,” observes one of the 49 presenters for the 2012 Student Research Symposium at Manchester College on Friday, April 13. Indeed. Representing a wide diversity of majors, the students are fascinated with a diverse range of topics, including:

  • Will intense exercise negatively affect test-taking abilities?
  • Why does the Western legend of King Arthur appeal to Japanese culture?
  • Is there height discrimination, and is it a form of sexism?
  • What’s the psycho-social pathology of juvenile delinquency?
  • Do the gray squirrels in the Manchester College woods prefer salt on their peanuts?

Family members, classmates and the public are invited to the 25-minute presentations, which begin promptly at 3:30 p.m., 4 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. in the Science Center, College Union and Administration Building. Schedules will be posted at the event and announced on the Manchester College website in April.

The actual titles of the research (including 10 poster presentations) reflect the scholarship of the students, each mentored by a faculty member, as students negotiate complex theories and scientific jargon. Majors in biology, sociology, psychology, exercise science, history, English, education, environmental studies, and other studies will display the range of scholarship at a liberal arts college.

Top presenters will receive the Jo Young Switzer Award for Excellence in Writing. The awards follow a 5:15 p.m. reception in the upper College Union.

March 2012

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