Timing of the 2014 conference allowed several of the Poster Presentation students, like Tyler Liang ’15, to share their work with a broader audience at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science the evening of the Austin College Posey Leadership Award presentation to microbiologist Dr. Nathan Wolfe.
Opportunity for undergraduate research, presentation, and performance is a priority at Austin College and establishment of the Austin College Scholarship Conference in 2012-2013 provided a venue to spotlight student work.
In March 2014, the conference was held again—showcasing student presentations of research projects, intellectual scholarship activities, and creative works. More than 150 students were involved, from performance of the College Improv Troupe to “Chamber Music for Voices and Instruments” to bilingual stage readings of “Quixotic Madness.” Other settings were a Poster Symposium, multiple oral presentation sessions of student research, art displays, and a shadow cast presentation of Rocky Horror Picture Show. Many of the research projects were undertaken with faculty members while others represented individual work.
Sponsored by the College’s Robert and Joyce Johnson Center for Faculty Development and Excellence in Teaching, the conference represents a collaborative endeavor by faculty to provide a forum for students to share discoveries and creative expression in their respective areas of study, encompassing all academic divisions of the College.
The conference was coordinated by Lance Barton, associate professor of biology.