Top presentations announced from 10th Academic Symposium

The “best of the best” were chosen from the 10th annual Wiggins Memorial Library Academic Symposium, moved to a completely online format with the cancellation of all face-to-face classes and large gatherings this semester. 

Out of more than 100 entries — oral and poster presentations broken down into undergraduate and graduate categories, in addition to art exhibitions and entries from Adult & Online Education students — only 12 were chosen for “High Merit” recognition and 20 received “Merit.” 

Originally scheduled for March 18, the virtual presentations were released and judging took place on March 27. According to organizers, more than 3,500 people visited the symposium website on its opening day. According to Elizabeth Dobbins, reference and online instruction librarian, the transition to online did little in changing the presentations and the format. The biggest change, she said, was how the students’ work was consumed. 

“I have been so inspired by and impressed with our students,” Dobbins said. “We offered them a chance to still present, and the vast majority have opted in by submitting digital content, even during a challenging time of transition.”

High Merit winners scored within the top 10 percent of their category, and merit winners scored within the top 25 percent. Winners, with links to their work, are listed below: 

Adult & Online Education

Art Exhibits

  • High Merit
    • Mariah by Cameron Giddens (Faculty Mentor: Prof. Breck Smith)
  • Merit
    • Owl’s Good by Erendira E. Ramirez (Facutly Mentor: Prof. Maggie Horvath)

Undergraduate Oral Presentations

Graduate Oral Presentations

Undergraduate Poster Presentations

Graduate Poster Presentations