Scholarly work featured at Coe Student Research Symposium

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2012-04-02 09:39:30 - General

Coe College alumna Paula Kocher will present “The Federal Response to Public Health Emergencies: A Day in the Life at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention” as the plenary speaker for the college’s 12th annual Student Research Symposium.  The event will be held on Wednesday, April 11, with nearly 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.

Kocher graduated from Coe in 1977 with a major in American Studies and went onto earn her law degree from Emory University.  She currently works as the deputy associate counsel general in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.  Kocher also serves as an adjunct professor at Emory School of Law, where she teaches a course in public health law.

In addition, there will a graduate and professional school panel consisting of a current Coe student and recent graduates.  The panel members 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 student Ellen Burns, class of 2012, a creative writing and English major who will be attending graduate school this fall; Audrey Flemming, class of 2006, a political science and Spanish major who is in the Ph.D. program in political science at the University of Florida; Keenan Laraway, class of 2011, a biology and neuroscience major who is currently in medical school at the University of Iowa; and Brad Sloter, class of 2010, a business administration major at Coe who is studying law at the University of Iowa.

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 programs, 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:

8:30-10:30 a.m.: Poster session in the upper level of Gage Memorial Union.

10:30-11 a.m.: Non-senior awards ceremony in Kesler Lecture Hall of Hickok Hall.

11 a.m. – 12 p.m.: Plenary talk featuring Paula Kocher in Kesler Lecture Hall of Hickok Hall.

Noon – 1 p.m.: Graduate school panel discussion in Lynch Room of Gage Memorial Union

1:15 – 3:45 p.m.: Oral presentation sessions at various campus locations.

4 p.m.: Diversity Committee speaker Constance McCashin in Kesler Lecture Hall of Hickok Hall.

5 p.m.: Reception in Clark Alumni House Dining Room.

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