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Meredith College Celebrates Student Achievement

More than 100 students shared their research accomplishments during Meredith College’s ninth annual Celebrating Student Achievement Day on April 23, 2009. The day included nearly 12 hours of research presentations, arts performances and academic and leadership awards ceremonies.

Celebrating Student Achievement Day is a showcase of student work in all disciplines.

“It is my favorite day of the year. It is a time when we see the best in students,” said Professor of Human Environmental Sciences Deborah Tippett. “We have a glimpse of their research and a forecast of their future. It is a time when we see Meredith students fulfill our mission of educating women to excel.”

Topic areas covered this year in presentations and poster sessions included technology, art, politics, gender issues and cultural issues.

Student research presentation titles included “How Does Your Vote Count? Comparing Voting algorithms effects on elections,” “Teaching/learning the Spanish past tense using communicative processing instruction methodology,” and “Embarrassed but full: Requesting emergency food assistance and the presentation of self.”

Classes are canceled on Celebrating Student Achievement Day so the entire campus community can participate.

“It is important to celebrate the achievements of [Meredith] students because we are able to show our faculty, staff and fellow students what we’ve been working on all year,” said Whitney Rains, ’09, who presented her work with the Scanning Electron Microscope. “It’s a chance to validate all those late nights in the library, meetings with faculty advisors and endless hours of research.”

Sustainability Showcase Features New “Think Green” Logo
As part of Meredith’s continuing environmental awareness efforts, the day included a Sustainability Showcase, which featured the unveiling of Meredith’s sustainability logo. The new “Think Green” logo is to be used by Meredith faculty, staff and students to signify positive environmental change, such as creating an electronic publication rather than a paper-based one or turning off office computers each night. Click here to see the logo.

In addition, all student research that included a sustainability focus were indicated in the program of events. Twenty projects had this distinction. Examples included “Problems in Suburbia: A call for small, sustainable homes,” “The content of vitamin C (ascorbic acid) in organic and conventionally grown lettuce,” and “Green gadgets: investigating the current and future design of technological devices.”

Photo Information: Celebrating Student Achievement Day began with a poster presentation session at 8 a.m. in Johnson Hall Rotunda.

Posted April 23, 2009.

Date Submitted: 2009-04-23

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