Students and faculty members from across the Providence campus convened at the Grace Welcome Center on May 6 to celebrate the exemplary academic work of six undergraduate students.
The sixth annual Academic Symposium, organized by the College of Arts & Sciences, recognized the work of students from a variety of majors, including international business, culinary nutrition, baking & pastry arts, equine business management, and liberal studies.
The Academic Symposium Committee reviewed student submissions and made their selections based on the clarity, originality, and insightfulness of the students' research and writing. The projects covered a wide range of topics, from the nutrition of both the United States military and horses, to the various issues transgender immigrants face.
Students provided brief presentations of their work before receiving their awards.
Anna Oshiro, international business, "Class & Gender Analysis" (nominated by Jessica Sherwood, Sociology)
Andrew Hooks, culinary nutrition, "Overweight in the Military: Causes & Effects" (honors thesis, directed by Barbara Robinson, Culinary Nutrition)
Michael Davis, liberal studies, "Crossing Over: Transgender Immigration to the United States" (nominated by Michael Fein, History)
MaryBeth Higgins, liberal studies, "Character Analysis of Nina Sayers from the Movie Black Swan" (nominated by Paul Letendre, Counseling Psychology)
Courtney Ann Broderick, equine business management, "Daily Nutrition for Metabolic Horse" (nominated by Cynthia Sharp Carr, Equine Studies)
Alyssa Termini, baking & pastry arts, "Crazy in Love with a Smooth Criminal: An In-Depth Look at Parasocial Relationships and How Celebrities Affect the Relationship" (honors thesis, directed by Christopher J. Westgate, Media & Communications Studies)
These papers will also be added to the digital Scholars Archive.
Pictured left to right: Andrew Hooks, Anna Oshiro, Alyssa Termini, Courtney Ann Broderick, Michael Davis