Bolstered by support from Marymount’s new DISCOVER Center, the University’s annual Student Research Conference has grown significantly; this year, more than 70 students presented their research on topics spanning the disciplines. There were student panels on theology, learning and cognition, voting behavior and election coverage, politics and international relations, identity and character roles in literature, crime and punishment, best practices in human resources, women writers, biology, and technology issues. In addition, undergraduate and graduate students gave poster presentations on an array of topics in nursing, physical therapy, psychology, and graphic design.
Dr. Liane Summerfield, associate vice president for Academic Affairs and director of the DISCOVER Center, observes, “The number of students participating in this year’s conference shows the impact that DISCOVER is already having. Our goal is to encourage inquiry-based learning and creativity across all levels and disciplines within the University. As we move forward, active inquiry and research under the direction of faculty mentors will become essential parts of the academic experience for more and more Marymount students.”
This year, several students will be able to continue their research through the summer, thanks to grants from the DISCOVER Center. Summer research topics include marketing to “millennials,” archival research on Orson Welles’ ‘Voodoo’ MacBeth, mathematical models for cholera control, and the possible coexistence of private and national health insurance systems.