From deep ocean microbes to pulsating stars, from virtual reality to poetry — this year’s Student Scholarship Recognition Day (SSRD) highlighted the ambitious range of Willamette students’ intellectual, creative and academic pursuits.
On April 18, the 18th annual SSRD celebrated the work of some 300 students from a wide variety of disciplines. As usual, the College of Liberal Arts canceled classes for the day and invited the campus community to appreciate the work that students completed either independently or in collaboration with faculty.
In buildings across campus, students presented posters, discussed research, gave musical and theatrical presentations, read poetry and displayed works of art. The works, which originated in classes, during summer projects or as senior capstone research, were supported by Willamette initiatives such as the Science Collaborative Research Program, the Liberal Arts Research Collaborative, the College Colloquium Research Grant, the Learning by Creating Grant, the Carson Grant and the Presidential Scholarship.
To cap off the day, President Steve Thorsett joined faculty and administrators in Cone Field House to see members of the class of 2020 celebrate the halfway point of their college careers and declare their majors.