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Feb. 08, 2013
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

SRU schedules research symposium

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - "The new Smith Student Center will provide a great venue for our annual Symposium for Student Research, Scholarship and Creative Achievement," said Philip Tramdack, director of Bailey Library and chair of the symposium. "I expect we will again have in the neighborhood of 70 presentations and performances."

The annual event, previously hosted in the University Union and other campus locations, is an opportunity for students and their faculty sponsors to showcase their joint research through oral presentations, performances and poster sessions. The symposium is April 9.

"The Smith Center will provide adequate space for the exhibits and for the performance presentations," Tramdack said. "With the added space at the center, we would expect to see both additional presentations and an expanded numbers of those attending the presentations, including graphical and art sculpture works."

"We have specifically targeted our honors students, presidential scholars, the deans and previous faculty participants, but we are certainly open and encourage new entries from others working on research projects. We would like to see additional entries from the College of Education and other areas of the campus. It is a great opportunity to gain experience - and a resume entry - in making oral academic presentations about current research under way at SRU," he said.

Those planning to participate in the symposium must register by midnight, Feb. 18, at: Additional symposium details are available at:

SRU has certainly been involved in joint faculty-student research for a number of years. Each year there has been an increase, and this symposium is a way to spotlight that expansion, Tramdack said.

Tramdack credited the large committee that works behind-the-scenes to bring the symposium to fruition. The event will include live performances as well as a number of academic presentations "that highlight our strong academic tradition and our academic diversity."

SRU's symposium initiative was launched in 2000.

Abstracts of projects presented at the symposium will be published in "The Journal of Scholarly Endeavors."

A wide array of projects to be offered come from art, communication, English, dance, theatre, biology, chemistry, economics, elementary education and early childhood, exercise and rehabilitative sciences, geography, geology and the environment, physical education and adapted physical activity, physical therapy, physics, computer science, philosophy, music, parks and recreation.

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