145 Students and Faculty Present at Fourth Annual WC Research Forum

Topic Range from 'Auxin and Temperature' to 'Collegiate Freshmen Football Players' Lack Knowledge of Heat Illness and Acclimatization'

May 3, 2013

Kaylee Cox shares insight gained from her research on

Kaylee Cox shares insight gained from her research on "Effects of Higher Education on Faith Beliefs of College Students" with Stephen Potthoff, associate professor of religion and philosophy. The study factored in gender, age, previously held beliefs, academic major and participation in athletics.

Hermann Court’s Raizk Arena, the site of thrilling basketball games and other sporting events, took on a new — more cerebral — persona (Friday) May 3 when it provided the venue for Wilmington College’s fourth annual Student/Faculty Research Forum.

Nearly 150 students and faculty members presented poster displays highlighting research they conducted during the 2012-13 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, vice president for academic affairs/dean of the faculty, is a champion of research. She 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.”

Numerous students have taken advantage of presenting their research at conferences highlighting such academic disciplines as history, psychology, athletic training, political science, sociology, agriculture and the sciences.

"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.”

(BELOW) Raizk Arena was transformed into an academic showcase of student and faculty research.