Scholarly work featured at Coe Student Research Symposium

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2014-04-03 15:42:13 - General

Coe College alumnus Drew Davies will present "Saving Democracy: Using Design to Make Every Vote Count" as the plenary speaker for the college's 14th annual Student Research Symposium. The event will be held on Tuesday, April 15, 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.

A 1995 graduate of Coe, Davies is the founder of Oxide Design Co., an Omaha-based communications and information design firm established in 2001. He serves as the national co-president of AIGA, the professional association for design, and as the design director for AIGA's Design for Democracy (DFD) program. Davies was on the core design and research team that developed the U.S. Election Assistance Commission's official election design standards, and he continues to be actively involved in implementing best practices for ballot design on a nationwide basis.

The symposium presentations, which range from academic research projects to artistic displays and performances, 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 products of undergraduate careers 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 - 10:15 a.m.

Poster session in Phifer Commons, upper Gage Memorial Union

10:30 a.m.

Plenary talk featuring Drew Davies ’95 in Kesler Lecture Hall of Hickok Hall.

11:35 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Recognition awards ceremony in Kesler Lecture Hall of Hickok Hall.

1:15 - 4 p.m.

Oral presentation sessions at various campus locations.

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