Trevecca Nazarene University

Annual Student Research Symposium showcases original student research

Ben Hampton demonstrates his cancer research project.

Trevecca’s 21st Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium was held Monday evening, April 7. Thirty-two persons made formal presentations of their original research projects in front of an audience composed of students, faculty members, and members of the Trevecca Community. Presenters had worked under the supervision of their professors. Their topics related to their academic disciplines and addressed a wide range of research areas. Some of the topics are the following: “Cancer Metastasis: Random or Systematic?”, “Spirituality and Well-Being among College Students,” “Permethrin and the Effect upon Cartilage Development of Zebrafish Embryos,” “How the Deaf Hear the Gospel: An Ethnographic Study of Journeys to Faith in the Deaf Community,” “Student Perceptions of Professors’ Use of Humor in the Classroom,” among others.

Describing the Symposium as a highlight of the year, Brett Armstrong, Ph.D., the organizer of this event and a Trevecca history professor, said, “This event always makes me proud of the collaborative work of our professors and students. Started in 1994 by Randy Carden, Ph.D., the symposium is an opportunity for students to present the results of their original research before their professors, peers, and the broader Trevecca community. During the years the symposium has grown and expanded to include creative endeavors, with students displaying original works of art, creative writing, and musical composition as well.”  

Participants in the Symposium are eligible for awards for their presentations. Judges assigned to each Symposium session select one presentation as the “best of the session,” and later this month awards will be presented to those presenters during Trevecca’s annual awards chapel.

President Dan Boone praised the event: “The research I heard at the Student Research Symposium was the best yet, and the event had a record number of presenters. I commend Trevecca’s faculty for the exceptional work they are doing with Trevecca’s students. That fact is obvious from the research presented by Trevecca students. I thank the members of Trevecca’s faculty for their investment!”

This annual event calls attention to Trevecca’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), an expansion of original research in all disciplines. Furthermore, it allows undergraduate students to conduct original research and gain skill in making formal presentations before large audiences—experiences they will need in graduate school and in their careers.