Austin College Celebrates Student Scholarship

By: Press Release
By: Press Release

SHERMAN, TEXAS—Austin College will host its annual Student Scholarship Conference on campus March 21-22. The event showcases student presentations of research projects, intellectual scholarship activities, and creative works. Submitted projects were selected by a faculty committee for presentation at the conference that celebrates outstanding academic endeavors. The sessions are free and open to the public.

The conference will include a performance by the College Improv Troupe, “Chamber Music for Voices and Instruments,” bilingual stage readings of “Quixotic Madness,” a Poster Symposium, multiple sessions of oral presentations of student research, student art displays, and a shadow cast presentation of Rocky Horror Picture Show. Many of the research projects have been undertaken jointly with faculty members while others represent individual work. More than 150 students will be involved in the conference.

Find more information, including a full schedule and the complete 2014 program, including all participants, at

The conference coordinator is Lance Barton, associate professor of biology. Representatives from each academic division are members of the planning committee and have been instrumental in the selection of work and preparation of students. Humanities representatives are Carol Daeley, the Henry L. and Laura H. Shoap Professor in English, and Kirk Everist, associate professor of theatre. Fine arts faculty representatives are Ricky Duhaime, professor of music and Mildred S. Mosher Professor of Music; and Mark Monroe, associate professor of art. Aaron Block, assistant professor of computer science, and John Richardson, associate professor of chemistry, represent the Sciences; and the Social Sciences Division is represented by Nathan Bigelow, associate professor of political science, and Renee Countryman, associate professor of psychology. Senior Kyle Potaniec has served as intern for the project.

Sponsored by Austin College’s Robert and Joyce Johnson Center for Faculty Development and Excellence in Teaching, the conference represents a collaborative endeavor by faculty to provide a forum for students to share discoveries and creative expression in their respective areas of study, encompassing all academic divisions of the College. Bernice Melvin, Margaret Root Brown Chair of Foreign Languages and Literatures and professor of French, is the director of the Johnson Center.

Opportunity for undergraduate research, presentation, and performance is a priority at Austin College, Barton said, adding that this conference brings a spotlight to the wide variety of accomplishments of students. Austin College is a member of the Council on Undergraduate Research.

Conference Schedule

Friday. March 21

3–5 p.m.> Poster Symposium, Wright Campus Center, Mabee Hall

7:30 p.m.> Bilingual A.C.T. presents: Locuras Quijotescas/Quixotic Madness, Ida Green Communication Center, Beardsley Arena Theatre

8:30 p.m.> Improv Troupe Performance. Ida Green Communication Center, Beardsley Arena Theatre

Saturday, March 22

9–10:15 a.m.>Block I Presentations (concurrent sessions)

10:15–11:30 a.m.> Block II Presentations (concurrent sessions)

1:45–3 p.m.> Block III Presentations (concurrent sessions)

Block I-III Presentation in Wright Campus Center and Ida Green Communication Center Classrooms

3–4 p.m.> Chamber Music for Voices and Instruments, Craig Hall, Recital Hall

4 p.m. > Bilingual A.C.T. presents: Locuras Quijotescas/Quixotic Madness, Ida Green Communication Center, Beardsley Arena Theatre

11:59 p.m.> Rocky Horror Picture Show, Sherman Hall, Hoxie Thompson Auditorium

Austin College is a leading national independent liberal arts college located north of Dallas in Sherman, Texas. Founded in 1849, making it the oldest institution of higher education in Texas operating under original charter and name, the College is related by covenant to the Presbyterian Church (USA). Recognized nationally for academic excellence in the areas of international education, pre-professional training, and leadership studies, Austin College is one of 40 schools profiled in Loren Pope’s influential book Colleges That Change Lives.

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