Centre College to celebrate 12th annual undergraduate research with RICE symposium, April 8-12

Across campus, Centre College students are working hard to prepare for the 12th annual Research, Internships and Creative Endeavors (RICE) symposium, April 11. The RICE symposium will be part of a week-long celebration of research, featuring different events each day.

The symposium is an opportunity for students in all disciplines and class years to display research achievements, creative endeavors, internships and independent projects completed over the course of the school year.

“The purpose of the symposium is to provide an opportunity for students to share their research in a professional and scholarly setting that is made rich by the participation of many members of our community,” said Amy Frederick, RICE co-chair and assistant professor of art history and humanities.

On Monday, April 8, the Undergraduate Research Committee is sponsoring a Walk with a DOC event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. outside of Cowan Dining Hall. This will be a time for individuals to stroll with a professor and have a conversation about his/her research interests and possible opportunities to get involved.

“We are always looking for new opportunities for faculty and students to talk about their research and research opportunities,” Frederick added.

Beginning at 11 a.m., members of the campus community can talk a walk with Mykol Hamilton, H.W. Stodghill, Jr. and Adele H. Stodghill Professor of Psychology, and Kristen Fulfer, assistant professor of chemistry. At 11:45 a.m., Patten Mahler, assistant professor of economics, and Ellen Prusinski, assistant professor of education, will be available, and at 12:30 p.m., David Toth, associate professor of computer science, and Matthew Kassner, assistant professor of psychology.

There will be a luncheon on Tuesday, April 9, to celebrate the undergraduate researchers and their faculty mentors presenting at RICE. On Wednesday, April 10, Centre will host the second James W. Barton RICE Symposium Lecture and Convocation which will be given by Dr. Christine Mullen Kreamer, deputy director and chief curator at the National Museum of African Art in the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. Kreamer’s talk titled, “Exhibiting Knowledge: Power, Creativity and Aesthetic Experience in the Arts of Africa,” will reflect upon her lifetime of research and scholarship on African art.

During the symposium on April 11, over 100 students will give oral and poster presentations from a variety of academic disciplines. A number of students will also be exhibiting their art work on Friday, April 12, from 4-6:30 p.m. in the AEGON Gallery in the Jones Visual Arts Center.

“The positive effects of undergraduate research cannot be overstated,” Frederick said. “Through research, students gain not only knowledge of a subject or discipline but also hone valuable skills in oral and written communication. They learn to tolerate and overcome obstacles, and they gain self-confidence as they work independently and as part of a mentored experience.

“A research opportunity is part of the Centre Commitment,” she concluded. “Undergraduate research represents and reflects upon values important to our community, and the symposium is our celebration of that.”

by Kerry Steinhofer 
April 4, 2019