Scholarly work featured at Coe Student Research Symposium

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2015-04-08 12:57:52 - General

Coe College alumnus Mason Kuhn will present "The Importance of Being a Scientifically Literate Citizen" as the plenary speaker for the college's 15th annual Student Research Symposium. The event will be held on Thursday, April 16, 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 2000 graduate of Coe, Kuhn spent six years teaching in Houston and San Diego. He currently teaches in Shell Rock, Iowa, in the Waverly-Shell Rock Community School District. Over his 15-year teaching career, Kuhn has earned two master's degrees, and is almost finished with a doctorate. In a 2014 White House ceremony, he was awarded the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching, the highest award bestowed to a math or science teacher in the United States.

During his speech, Kuhn will describe how his Coe experience helped transform him from a fixed mindset to a growth mindset. The journey has included publishing eight papers in peer-reviewed academic journals and two manuscripts in medical journals. Kuhn will describe his passion, developing a sense of scientific literacy with children and adult learners, and explain how teachers can improve critical thinking skills with their students by allowing them to take control of their learning.

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 Mason Kuhn ’00 in Cherry Auditorium of Peterson Hall.

11:35 a.m. - 12 p.m.: Recognition awards ceremony in Cherry Auditorium of Peterson Hall.

1:15 - 4 p.m.: Oral presentation sessions at various campus locations.

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