Undergraduate Research Symposium
Will be Held Wednesday,
September 18, 2002
HOLLAND -- The second annual Undergraduate
Research Symposium at Hope College on Wednesday, Oct. 2,
will feature work by approximately 100 students.
The symposium will run from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in
the college's Haworth Inn and Conference Center.
The public is invited. Admission is free.
The symposium will feature "poster presentations"
chronicling student involvement as co-investigators in
original research and other beyond-the-classroom learning
experiences. The student participants will represent a
variety of academic disciplines.
The college has received recognition through the
years for its research-based approach in teaching students,
particularly in the sciences. The new "America's Best
Colleges 2003" published by "U.S. News and World Report" has
included Hope among the top five in "Academic Programs:
Undergraduate research/Creative projects," along with the
University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, Massachusetts Institute
of Technology, Stanford University in California and Furman
University in South Carolina.
The Undergraduate Research Symposium is an
opportunity to celebrate the solid, significant research
work done together by Hope students and faculty, according
to Dr. James Gentile, who is dean for the natural sciences
and the Kenneth G. Professor of Biology at Hope.
"Hope is known nationally for finding ways to
integrate students into a research mode of learning, often
in collaboration with a faculty member on her or his own
scholarly endeavors," he said. "Sometimes we take this for
granted, and we should not. It is special, it is unique,
and it is the foundation of the integrated research and
educational experience that defines this institution."
"We are holding this second symposium, with many,
many more to follow, so as to celebrate the discovery
experience with our students, to give us all an opportunity
to marvel at the diversity of subjects undertaken and the
skill with which the research has been accomplished, and to
encourage others--students and faculty--within our community
to explore ways in which they can participate in comparable
scholarly endeavors in their own areas of interest," he
said. "We want, and expect, this community of scholars to
The Haworth Inn and Conference Center faces
College Avenue between Ninth and 10th streets.