Ninth Annual Spokane Intercollegiate Research Conference at Whitworth University
SPOKANE, Wash. – Seventy-nine Gonzaga University students presented their original scholarly research all day on Saturday, April 16 at the 9th annual Spokane Intercollegiate Research Conference at Whitworth University during Undergraduate Research Week.
The conference aims to promote and recognize student research performed in partnership with faculty or other mentors. In collaboration with Whitworth, Washington State University-Spokane, Eastern Washington University and The Community Colleges of Spokane, the conference featured research in a wide range of disciplines, including: biology, chemistry, civil engineering, computer science, economics, English, English as a second language, history, math, political science, psychology, sociology, special education, and sport and physical education.
Gonzaga students’ research ranged from Elizabeth Hughes’ presentation “Hit It and Quit it: The Relationship between Self-Esteem, Alcohol Use, and Hooking up amongst College Students,” to Michael Grays’ “Pedagogy of the Oppressor: Henry V Language Cultural Invasion and Divide and Rule.” Students conveyed their findings in panels or poster presentations. Students’ work was required to break new ground in a discipline rather than simply restating or synthesizing what’s already known.
Gonzaga University will host the conference in spring 2012.
Student-presenters benefitted from learning to apply classroom knowledge, building mentor relationships with faculty, and having opportunities to communicate to a wider audience and be recognized by their peers.