Academic Symposium goes virtual for eleventh annual event

Entering its eleventh year, the annual Wiggins Memorial Library Academic Symposium will be held entirely online for the second year in a row on March 31.

Last year, the symposium went virtual for the first time to follow health protocols. Thanks to quick coordination from the library, the 10th annual event was able to host 101 virtual presentations out of the 133 students and groups who originally signed up. This year, 166 presenters representing seven schools and 29 different subjects and programs will show off their work. 

Along with the student presentations viewable all day here on March 31, a keynote and awards ceremony will be streamed from Hobson Performance Center at 3 p.m. In a nod to Women’s History Month, the keynote address will be given by Dr. Miranda van Tilburg and Dr. Alicia Myers and is titled, “Research: The Greatest Career We Weren’t Imagining.”  The professors will also touch on their experiences with academic mentorship and vocational calling. 

Also available online is Provost Mark Hammond’s special tribute to the event in honor of its tenth anniversary, accompanied by an infographic of the event’s history.