Minds At Work: Student Research Conference

Conference Objectives

  • To increase student interest and knowledge concerning academic research and scholarship.
  • To recognize, honor, and reward academic excellence.
  • To give students an opportunity to experience the conference format of academic inquiry; and to improve their critical thinking, writing, and presentation skills in a professional setting.

Conference Schedule

February 19, 2015

  • 9 am - 11 am — Student Presentations
  • 11 am — Keynote Address (Rickly Chapel)
  • Noon - 1:15 pm — Lunch (Wickham Great Hall)
  • 1:30 pm - 5 pm — Student Presentations

Conference Format

We are soliciting student projects from any academic discipline. Students wishing to present research papers or other projects need to register for the conference and send an abstract of their project (details below). Each participant will have fifteen minutes to make an oral presentation of their project that will be followed by five minutes of questions and discussion. (We ask the papers not be read verbatim.) Students are asked to specify any audio-visual needs their presentation will employ. We request that student presenters bring several extra copies of their papers for distribution to interested faculty and students.

A luncheon will be provided for all registered participants, their parents, and their faculty sponsors. Presenting students will also receive a commemorative book. Abstracts will be published in the conference program. There will also be opportunities for visiting students and faculty mentors to interact with colleagues and meet our keynote speaker.

Sample Abstract

Arthur Grothe - Heidelberg University
"An Icarus Who Flew Too Close...: A Social-Values Interpretation of the Barrymore Text" - Dr. Jan Younger

John Barrymore was a troubled man, to say the least. However, he was also an incredible acting talent, appearing in almost 60 films and 30 Broadway productions. He won critical acclaim for his portrayal of "Hamlet," a role which grew to epitomize his life. John Barrymore's vices were the subject of many headlines and scandals, eventually leading to his downfall. but it was during this time that he became a change agent for the value shift that took place during society in the nineteen twenties. By using a new play by William Luce, entitled " Barrymore," it is possible to come to understand the man John Barrymore and his place in history.

Ernest and Martha Hammel Research Award

Heidelberg University students who believe their papers are exceptional may submit their entire paper for the Ernest and Martha Hammel Research Award by Friday, January 31, 2014. There will be a $500 prize for “Best Paper”, $250 for the second place paper and $100 for the third place paper. A printed copy of the paper must be submitted to Nancy King (Office of Academic Affairs in University Hall) by Friday, January 31, 2014 to be considered for a monetary award. Only undergraduate students can be considered for the Best Paper Awards.