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2024 Spring Symposium Scheduled at Eastern Oregon University Highlights Student Achievements

Spring Symposium Scheduled at Eastern Oregon University Highlights Student Achievements

LA GRANDE, Ore. – Eastern Oregon University’s Spring Symposium will take place on the Eastern Oregon University (EOU) campus Wednesday, May 15, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The community is welcome, and events are free.

During the 2023 Eastern Oregon University Spring Symposium Jessica McDonald shares her research with Nayeli Maston, a junior at EOU. (EOU file photograph)

Spring Symposium is an annual gathering where students present their scholarship. The event represents an opportunity for students to share their unique contributions to the disciplines they have been studying and to get an approximation of professional conference experience.  

This year’s presentations include anthropology, biology, chemistry, computer science, theatre, creative writing, education, health and human performance, mathematics, psychology, and rhetoric.

Some will present information via posters, some will deliver talks, and senior Art students will host an open studio. In addition, EOU will host poster presentations by students from area schools participating in the Oregon Teacher Pathway program. 

Approximately 140 students will participate in 109 presentations.

Registration for the event will begin at 8:15 a.m. in the Loso Lobby. The keynote speaker will begin at 9 a.m. Keynote speaker Ellie Justice will present, “Drowning Cats and Blind Puppies: Comparing the Lack of Equity in Shakespeare’s Othello to Cap and Trade Environmental Systems.” Justice will unravel the relationship between the humanities and natural resources/agricultural studies. Justice plans to delve into the complexities of cap-and-trade systems, offering fresh insights and perspectives. By using agriculture and natural resource sciences as a lens to examine literature

The 2023 Eastern Oregon University Spring Symposium was held on campus Wednesday, May 18, 2023 (EOU file photograph)

The event will feature EOU Poster Sessions and will begin at 10:15 a.m. in Loso Lobby. There will also be live talks (in-person and via Zoom) beginning at 10:30.

There will be Art Open Studios at 1 p.m. in the studios on the east side of the Gilbert Center following live talks beginning at 10:30 a.m. The musical ensemble, 45th Parallel will perform in McKenzie at 10 a.m. and student choir conductors will perform with the EOU Chamber Choir at noon in Loso 123. A student director preparing for  “Tally’s Folly” will be holding an open rehearsal where she talks about the production process while she rehearses the show. That rehearsal will go from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

When finalized, the event schedule will be posted on the EOU website: https://www.eou.edu/symposium/

Information about visiting campus is also available: https://www.eou.edu/visitor/

For more information, please contact Steve Tanner, stanner@eou.edu.