Scholarly work featured at Coe Student Research Symposium

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2013-04-09 09:30:09 - General

Coe College alumnus Alex Michaud will present "Exposing an Ecosystem Beneath the West Antarctic Ice Sheet" as the plenary speaker for the college's 13th annual Student Research Symposium. The event will be held on Thursday, April 18, with dozens of 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.

Michaud graduated from Coe in 2009 with majors in biology and environmental science. He is currently in a doctoral program in ecology and environmental science at Montana State University, where he is studying the activity and processes of microbes in the sediments of subglacial Lake Whillans, Antarctica.

In addition, there will be a graduate and professional school panel consisting of 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.

Joining Michaud on the panel will be Coe alumnus Ethan Olson, class of 2012, an English, political science and philosophy major at Coe who is enrolled in the University of Iowa School of Law; and Coe alumna Nicole Thiher, class of 2010, an economics and business administration major at Coe who is currently in the master's program in international studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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 Clark Alumni House.
  • 10:35 - 11:35 a.m.: Plenary talk featuring Alex Michaud in Cherry Auditorium.
  • 11:35 a.m. - 12 p.m.: Non-senior awards ceremony in Cherry Auditorium.
  • 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.: Reception in Clark Alumni House Dining Room.

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