VIDEO: Students and faculty discuss the importance of Student Scholarship Recognition Day. (1:25)

Undergraduates share research on Student Scholarship Recognition Day

Regular undergraduate classes were cancelled Wednesday for Student Scholarship Recognition Day, but Willamette University's classrooms filled with students, faculty and administrators listening, inquiring and sharing.

This time the students led the classes as they presented their academic research and creative work. Discussion panels, poster sessions and music performances are among the offerings at SSRD, held every spring.

"SSRD serves a vital function on our campus, because symbolically it illustrates the importance of student research, which is one of the primary ways of teaching and learning that has evolved at Willamette," says David Douglass, interim dean of the College of Liberal Arts.

"It gives students the opportunity to practice and refine the skills they already are learning at Willamette - research, writing, public speaking and the ability to present their work to an informed audience of people from disciplines outside their own."

The students' presentation topics reflected a diversity of academic disciplines. "The British Reception to Alexis de Tocqueville," "Effects of a Carbohydrate Loading Protocol on Anaerobic Work," "Exchange of Religion between China and Japan," and "Heavy Metal Accumulation in Bioswale Bed Materials in Salem, Oregon" were among the subjects students explored.

Learn more about Willamette's undergraduate research programs through Student Academic Grants and Awards or the Science Collaborative Research Program.