LAWRENCE — University Honors Program students will present research from their first-year seminars to faculty and peers this weekend, covering a broad range of topics in the sciences and humanities.
The seminar symposium will take place 2:30-4:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, in the Kansas Union Ballroom. The event is free and open to the public.
First-year honors students attend a seminar as part of the coursework for their inaugural semester at KU. These sessions cover 40 different areas, with topics ranging from the relationship between music and chemistry to the parallels between German and Chinese industrial development to recreating a century-old Greenland kayak. While closely examining a specific topic, students develop their skills in research, reading, writing and in-depth discussion. Seminar instructors also serve as academic honors advisers for the enrolled students.
“The seminar symposium gives us the opportunity to celebrate our new students’ first semester and all that they’ve accomplished so far,” said Anne Dotter, one of the program’s senior advisers. “As such, it is a celebration of their learning and an affirmation of their belonging to the Honors Program.”
Because the seminars cover such a broad spectrum of topics, this is also a chance for students to see what their peers have been working on all semester. The seminar symposium functions as a mini-conference, and students share their writing as well as poster presentations of their research. “It is a pre-professional development opportunity for our students,” Dotter said. “It helps them hone their communication skills and prepares them for graduate school or a career in research.”