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70 Students Present at Third Annual Student/Faculty Research Forum

Erika Goodwin: "Presenting helps students build those critical soft skills that are often lacking in the young professional"

May 1, 2012

WC junior Rhia Batson explains were research project to Mary Rose Zink, associate professor of psychology, during the third annual Student/Faculty Research Forum. Her topic was

WC junior Rhia Batson explains were research project to Mary Rose Zink, associate professor of psychology, during the third annual Student/Faculty Research Forum. Her topic was "Varying Abortion Views Among Young Adults in College Settings."

Hermann Court, the site of thrilling basketball games for five decades, took on a new — more academic — persona April 27 when it provided the venue for Wilmington College’s third annual Student/Faculty Research Forum.

Some 70 students presented poster displays highlighting research they conducted during the 2011-12 academic year. The students and, in some cases the faculty with whom they conducted research, answered questions on their findings during the two-hour forum.

Erika Goodwin, interim vice president for academic affairs, praised the work done by students as contributing to the scholarship in the various academic fields.

“Doing research projects and disseminating their findings helps students close the loop on their entire academic experience in college,” she said.

Goodwin emphasized that students conducting research and having an opportunity to present their research — whether at professional conferences or simply before the campus community — constitute valuable educational experiences.

“Presenting helps students build those critical soft skills that are often lacking in the young professional: critical thinking, polished oral and written communication skills, collaboration and professionalism,” she said.

“It gives those going on to graduate school a big head start.”

(LEFT) Students address questions about their research projects.

Goodwin, professor of athletic training, assisted nine athletic training majors with their research — and the Ohio Athletic Training Association invited each of them to present their research projects later this month at its annual meeting. She noted the selection committee, utilizing a blind review process, chose the top research submissions without knowing students’ names and schools.

Another WC student this spring presented his historical research at a regional conference in Chicago and several science students will be traveling to Serbia later this month to participate in the International Undergraduate Research Symposium alongside college students from as diverse nations as Ecuador and the Philippines.

“By presenting at conferences, the students know and see the importance of scholarly endeavors,” Goodwin added. “They may not want to ever do a research project again — and that’s OK because it’s more important to me that they see the value and need of it and appreciate the work that others do to develop the knowledge base in their respective fields.”