Students to Present Academic Works at 11th Annual Undergraduate Colloquium

April 9, 2014

On Tuesday, April 15, Saint Joseph’s College will host its 11th Annual Undergraduate Colloquium. This year’s theme, “The World Outside SJC,” will have students focusing on global issues for their presentations.

The Colloquium is held to provide an opportunity for students to discuss their coursework with visitors. Their presentations may include completed studies or works in progress. Students participate by making either an oral presentation or a poster presentation.

Oral presentations will be scheduled every 15 minutes, with approximately 10 minutes allotted for the presentation plus two-three minutes for questions from the audience. Poster session presentations will include art displays, interactive demonstrations, and representations of research.

The poster session will run from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm CDT in the Rev. Charles Banet, C.PP.S. Core Education Center foyer. Posters will remain on display until 4:00 pm. Oral presentations will be conducted in classrooms in the Rev. Charles Banet, C.PP.S. Core Education Center.

This is the second consecutive year that the event will feature the Colloquium Scholarship Awards Competition, sponsored through a $3,000 donation by NIPSCO. The competition will focus on how the Core Program helps students identify, investigate, and think about innovations in their discipline that are impacting the industries for that discipline and/or the community.

As part of the competition, the College will award scholarships to the top two presentations in each year’s class: freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior.

The presentations for the competition will be judged in two rounds. Both oral presentations and poster presentations are eligible, and students from any major were allowed to apply. The first-round judging was based on the description of the project contained in the student's abstract, which was submitted at application time, and the description of how the project is connected to the Core Program, also submitted at application time.

The second-round judging will be based on the quality of presentations, such as presentation skills and poster quality, and the significance of the work completed for the project. First-round judges will consist of current Core directors or their delegates. Second-round judges will include SJC alumni.

The event’s keynote speaker is SJC alumna Monica

Lohmuller12. Lohmuller graduated from SJC with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and a double minor in Secondary Education and Mathematics. She is a chemistry teacher at Benton Central Jr.-Sr. High School in Oxford, Ind.

Named a "character-building college" by the Templeton Foundation, a "Best Midwestern College" by the Princeton Review, and “Best Value” and "Best Midwestern College" by US News & World Report, Saint Joseph's College is a four-year, Catholic college offering 27 majors, 4 group majors, 35 minors, and 9 pre-professional programs, complemented by the nationally acclaimed Core Program. Founded and sponsored by the Missionaries of the Precious Blood, SJC is located in Rensselaer, Indiana, approximately 90 minutes from both Chicago and Indianapolis, on a park-like campus of 180 acres and has an enrollment of nearly 1,200 students.

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