English, composition scholar featured at Coe Student Research Symposium

Extra: Rod Pritchard, Director of Marketing and Public Relations
(319) 399-8605 or rpritcha@coe.edu

2011-03-30 14:45:04 - General

Coe graduate Allison Carr, class of 2005, will present “Room to Fail” as the plenary speaker for the college’s 11th annual Student Research Symposium. The event will be held on Tuesday, April 12, with more than 100 Coe students showcasing their academic projects. The event runs throughout the day in various locations on the Coe campus. It is free and open to the public.

At Coe, Carr graduated with a bachelor’s degree majoring in English and creative writing. She then earned a master’s degree in 2009 in English and comparative literature at the University of Cincinnati, where she is currently working on her doctorate in rhetoric and composition.

At Cincinnati, Carr has served as the graduate assistant to the composition directors, as a student member of the graduate studies committee, and on the board of the English graduate organization. In addition, she was a 2010 recipient of a Charles Phelps Taft Enrichment Grant to study digital media, and a Graduate Student Mentor Fellowship.

Carr currently serves as assistant editor of Kairos: PraxisWiki and has had her work with Laura Micciche published in College Composition and Communication. Carr also runs The Failure Project, a public, digital archive of failure narratives, found at: thefailureproject.wordpress.com.

In addition, there will a graduate and professional school panel consisting of recent Coe graduates. These alumni will discuss how Coe prepared them for graduate school and provide insight to current students regarding what they can expect when pursuing additional education.

The panelists include Coe graduates Lane Moser, class of 2010, a biology and molecular biology major who is currently in medical school at the University of Iowa; Megan Esch, class of 2010, a psychology and writing major who is in the counseling psychology doctoral program at the University of Iowa; Holly Grieder, class of 2009, an economics and history major who is studying law at the University of Iowa; and Alice Obrecht, class of 2004, a philosophy and psychology major who earned a master’s degree in philosophy and public policy at the London School of Economics, where she is working to earn a Ph.D. in philosophy.

The symposium presentations, which range from academic research to artistic display and performance, are the culmination of work done by students over the past academic year. Some of the student work has been done independently, with some accomplished as part of a student and faculty team. The featured work represented in the symposium is the result of honors projects, student participation in ongoing professional research program, and the cumulative product of an undergraduate career of achievement in the arts. Each case reflects an extraordinary effort by a highly motivated student.

The symposium will follow a format similar to that of a professional conference. There will be panels, moderated by faculty members, in which students present papers. There will also be a poster session where students will display and discuss the results of their work.

A general schedule of the day’s events includes:

9 – 10:45 a.m.: Poster session in the Gage Memorial Union lobby.
9 – 10:45 a.m.: Dean’s reception in the Perrine Gallery in Stewart Memorial Library.
11 a.m. – 12 p.m.: Plenary talk featuring Allison Carr in Kesler Lecture Hall of Hickok Hall.
Noon – 1 p.m.: Graduate school panel discussion in Lynch Room of Gage Memorial Union
1:15 – 3:30 p.m.: Oral presentation sessions at various campus locations.

For more information or a complete symposium schedule, call 399-8581.