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Student Scholarship Recognition Day returns to in-person format

by Jennifer Johnson,

SSRD presentation

Every spring, Willamette University cancels class for one day to celebrate student achievement in academic research, art, music, theater and dance. This year’s event is bigger than ever. 

More than 100 presentations — including titles such as “The Mth Dimension: Marcel Duchamp and 19th- and 20th-century Mathematics,” “Determining the Local Velocity Field via a Markov Chain Monte Carlo analysis,” and “Self-Sustainability for the Everyday Activist” — will be open for in-person attendance Wednesday on Student Scholarship Recognition Day (SSRD)

Featured projects represent more than a dozen majors and will be shown at several locations across campus. Learn about Takashi Murakami and ancient Egyptian frog lamps at Hallie Ford Museum of Art, discover the future of libraries at Collins Science Center or appreciate the art of competitive dogsled racing at Eaton Hall. 

Special events include “A Walking Tour of Willamette’s Indigenous Roots” hosted by Maya Lucero-Romero, a reception for the 5th Annual Juried Art Show at the Art Building and a performance of William Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night,” at M. Lee Pelton Theatre. Attendees can also listen to a music program at Rogers Rehearsal Hall and visit a presentation on the Oak Salvage Project near Collins. 

This year marks the first time the event has been held in-person since the start of the pandemic, though presentations can also be accessed via Zoom. 

Event organizers invite the Willamette community to attend SSRD. For graduates, the day symbolizes months of work, often completed during summer break or throughout their senior year, and a final high note before leaving the university.

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