Program Celebrates Student’s Art and Research

May 3, 2018

By Jonathan Burkart '18

As the spring semester comes to a close, so too does S.O.A.R. (Showcasing Our Art and Research), Saint Anselm College’s annual month-long celebration of academic excellence.

S.O.A.R. began on April 20 with the Mind Over Major Interdisciplinary Student Conference that recognized excellent student work. The presentations covered a variety of creative writing projects and senior theses that students completed over the course of the academic year with panels ranging in topic and content from “Bow Down: Beyoncé Knowles’ Iconic Feminism” to “How I Came to Be Me: Creative Non-Fiction Essays on Self-Identity.”

According to communication professor Carmen McClish, 65 students from 22 majors presented 71 individual and group projects this year. McClish organized the event along with English professors Michael New and Meg Cronin and philosophy professor Joshua Tepley.

On April 23, S.O.A.R. sponsored the Outstanding Student Research Symposium in Perini Lecture Hall, which featured the work of students who had received competitive fellowships or grants. The following students presented their original, full-time research projects:

Leah Benson '18 (nursing), Susan D. Flynn Oncology Nursing Fellowship recipient, “Making Presence Our Purpose: A Nurse’s Key to Enhanced Patient and Family-centered Care”

Jennifer Pietrowski '18 (nursing) and Amelia Quinn '18 (nursing), NH-INBRE supported research

Sybille Légitime '18 (international business and computer science), Undergraduate Research Fellowship recipient, “Waste Management Web Application for a More Sustainable Haiti”

Catherine Doucette '18 (fine arts), Undergraduate Research Fellowship recipient, “Joseph Blackburn: Representing Women in British North American Portraiture”

Madison Vigneault '18 (biochemistry), iSURF recipient, “The Effects of YpdA on Staphylococcus aureus Response to Stress”

Kirstin Catyb '18 (education studies), Undergraduate Research Fellowship recipient, “Competency Education: Examining Longitudinal Implementation Efforts in New Hampshire”

The events culminated on April 26 with the annual NH-INBRE/SOAR Poster Session, featuring keynote speaker, Dr. Daniel Wolfe, who presented on Ebola vaccines. Wolfe earned his Ph.D. in Pathobiology from Pennsylvania State University and currently serves as a health scientist for the CBRN Division of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority’s vaccine program.

Following Wolfe’s presentation, 74 students with 20 different majors presented their posters and research projects in the auditorium at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics (NHIOP), showcasing their hard work and diverse academic endeavors.

Posters featured research on a range of topics including: the effect of oral health and dental anxiety on taste sensitivity, improving the pregnancy experience for women with type-one diabetes, and the correlations between bird song characteristics and satellite data.

Other S.O.A.R. events included a senior musical recital, the Student Jazz Combo, and several common hour student concert performances.

S.O.A.R. is dedicated to fostering excellence in undergraduate scholarship, creative work, and research in the sciences, social sciences and humanities. The program started as a small-scale, faculty-led movement in 2012 and has since grown into a campus-wide celebration of exemplary undergraduate research, writing, and art.

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