As the academic year concludes, the College of the Holy Cross will host its annual Academic Conference from April 24 through April 27. The four-day conference provides students with an opportunity to present the results of their independent work and for the entire community to celebrate the relationship between Holy Cross’ liberal arts curriculum and the learning taking place in varied environments — from Study Abroad to the Worcester community; from research labs and art studios to libraries and field sites.
The programs, projects, poster sessions, and performances presented by students at the conference were developed with the guidance of faculty members. The conference showcases the independence, creativity, and intellectual discipline of students, as well as the role professors have played as mentors and model teacher-scholars.
Approximately 300 Holy Cross students from all classes are involved in the conference this year. Academic Conference 2013 is free and open to the public.
The conference includes works from the arts, social sciences, humanities and natural sciences. Students will present an array of topics including:
The conference will open with a lecture by this year’s Fenwick Scholar, Gregory Peters ’13, a psychology major with concentrations in premed and biological psychology. The Fenwick Scholar Award is one of the College’s oldest and most prestigious academic distinctions. Departmental nominees design, with several advisors, a program of study leading to a significant research or creative project that will be an entire senior-year curriculum.
His lecture, “Schizophrenia in Research and Practice: The Case for Conceptual and Methodological Pluralism” will be presented at 4 p.m. in the Rehm Library on April 24.
Peters, who is from the Bronx, spent the academic year working with numerous professors, including Alo Basu, assistant professor of psychology; Gregory DiGirolamo, associate professor of psychology; Daniel Bitran, professor of psychology; Andrew Futterman, professor of psychology; Suzanne Kirschner, associate professor of psychology; Rev. William Stempsey, S.J., professor of philosophy; and Renée Beard, assistant professor of sociology.
A reception, open to the entire Holy Cross community, will follow the lecture at 5 p.m. in Moran Lounge, on the fourth floor of Smith Hall.
Other highlights of the conference include:
The conference is sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs and the Dean of the College.