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SOAR Program Showcases Student Art and Research

March 31, 2017

Laura Lemire
Communications and Marketing
(603) 641-7240

Throughout the month of April, Saint Anselm College celebrates the outstanding research and artwork of over 100 students from all majors during the annual Showcasing Our Art and Research (S.O.A.R) Program. A range of student work will be on display, from interactive poster projects and research displays to the fine arts thesis exhibitions.

"We wanted to honor students from all majors for their achievements from the year," explains Dr. Rajesh Prasad, chair of the S.O.A.R. planning committee. "Through this campus-wide event, we recognize the excellence in what they have done."

Sponsored by the Norwin S. and Elizabeth N. Bean Foundation, NH-INBRE, and the New Hampshire Institute of Politics (NHIOP), S.O.A.R aims to "foster excellence in undergraduate scholarship, creative work, and research in the sciences, social sciences, and humanities." The program also includes distinguished speakers from the sciences and humanities, a music concert, the annual Science Poster Session, and interdisciplinary events, such as the Mind over Major Conference and Outstanding Student Research Symposium.

The Mind Over Major Interdisciplinary Conference on Friday, March 31 is an all-day, on-campus event recognizing excellent written work by students. It provides an opportunity for students to present their ideas and research and to foster dialogue outside of the classroom. This years presenters and abstracts include:  

Kurt Adams '20, politics major, "Citizenship and Government"
Mina Alrais '17, chemistry major, "Effects of Mortar Sample Preparation Approaches on X-Ray Florescence Spectrometry"
Kyle Forgit '18, English major, "The Problem with Utopia: Socioeconomic Implications of Transhumanism"
Ashley Motta '17, politics major, "Ballot Roll-Off and the Student Vote in New Hampshire"  

The Fine Arts department will honor its senior major and minors with a reception on Thursday April 6 in the Dana Center for the Humanities. The work of studio art major Meera Latona, graphic design, and minors Ellis Boettger, photography, and Megan Segrave, ceramics, will be on display in the Dana Canter Alcove Galleries from April 6 - May 21.  

This year features two distinguished speaker events. New Hampshire Poet Laureate Alice B. Fogel will present April 5 on "Making Yourself at Home in the Strange Terrain of Poetry: A Reading and Discussion on the Place of Poetry in our Lives." Fogel aims to promote poetry, enriching lives and encouraging a feeling of humanity.  

On April 27, as part of a distinguished speaker panel, "Who Cares if Your Genes Fit? Genomics and Health," Christopher Amos, Ph.D. of Dartmouth College, Colleen Dansereau, RN, MSN of Children's Hospital, Boston, Ann Hoen, Ph.D., and Sheila Upton, MSG, both of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, will present. Co-sponsored by New Hampshire Idea Network of Biomedical Excellence (NH-INBRE), the panel will be in the West Wing of the New Hampshire Institute of Politics.

Schedule of Events

Friday, March 31, 2 - 6 p.m.
Mind Over Major Interdisciplinary Student Conference, Goulet Science Building.

Wednesday, April 5 at 5 p.m.
Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society induction Ceremony- Chi Zeta Chapter, Perini Lecture Hall Eligible juniors and seniors will be inducted into the Chi Zeta chapter. The ceremony will end with research presentations by two Senior Beta Beta Beta members.

Wednesday, April 5 at 7 p.m.
There will be a reading and discussion with distinguished speaker Alice B. Fogel about the place of poetry in our lives: "Making Yourself at Home in the Strange Terrain of Poetry."

Thursday, April 6, 4 - 6 p.m.
A reception celebrating the opening of the Fine Arts Senior Thesis Exhibitions will be held in the Dana Center Alcove Galleries.

Saturday, April 8, 7:30 p.m.
The Saint Anselm College Choir will present their Spring Concert in the Abbey Church.

Thursday, April 20, 4 - 6 p.m.
The Outstanding Student Research Symposium will be held in the Perini Lecture Hall of the Goulet Science Center Building. The Symposium showcases students who were awarded competitive fellowships or grants at a research institute or on-site location during the summer months.

Friday, April 21, 12:20-1:20 p.m.
A Common Hour Music Concert featuring Music Performance Program students will be held in the Koonz Theatre of the Dana Center for the Humanities.

Thursday, April 27, 2 - 3 p.m.
The NH-INBRE/SOAR distinguished Speaker Panel: "Who Cares if your Genes Fit? Genomics and Health," will be held in the West Wing of the NHIOP.

Thursday, April 27, 3 - 5 p.m.
The SOAR programming will conclude with the SOAR Science Poster Session and Reception at the NHIOP.    

To see the full list of events and participants, visit    

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