Symposium Showcases Student Research

Students present undergraduate research at Augustana University

Senior Liz Renner discusses her research project, "The Effects of Small Impoundments on Headwater Prairie Stream Macroinvertebrate and Fish Community Structure," at the Symposium on Saturday.

More than 70 students representing each of Augustana's academic divisions presented their undergraduate research findings on Saturday, April 8, at the 2017 Arthur Olsen Student Research Symposium

See listings of students who presented sessions and who gave poster presentations

The event also featured a keynote by Dr. David Myers, professor of psychology at Hope College in Holland, Michigan, on "Science and Reason in a Post-Truth Age." 

Dr. Lindsay Erickson, assistant professor of mathematics, helped organize the Symposium. She said the event provides undergraduate student researchers with valuable real-world experience. 

"The Symposium is intended to foster the investigation and discussion of important matters. The structure emulates a traditional academic conference, to which students from every discipline are invited to present their original scholarship." 

Dr. Lindsay Erickson
Assistant Professor of Mathematics


See Photos from the Symposium

2017 Arthur Olsen Student Research Symposium


About the Symposium

This is the 17th year a student research symposium has been held on campus and is the second year since it has been named for Dr. Arthur Olsen, professor emeritus of philosophy and religion at Augustana and former provost. Olsen served the University for more than 40 years, retiring in 1996. He passed away in May 2014.

In 2015, Dr. Olsen's family made an endowed gift to support the Augustana Symposium and student research. In honor of that gift and in tribute to Dr. Olsen's many contributions to the campus community and student research, the Augustana Symposium was renamed the Arthur Olsen Student Research Symposium.

The Arthur Olsen Student Research Symposium is supported by the Office of Academic AffairsCivitasMikkelsen Library and UBG.


Kelly Sprecher
Director of Media Relations
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