Third Annual Wheelock College Student Research and Scholarship Conference

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Wheelock College invites all undergraduate and graduate students on campus and abroad to be part of the College's Annual Student Research & Scholarship Conference by submitting a proposal that showcases research/scholarship done in class or independently. Participants gain valuable experience presenting at the conference and are eligible to win an award, such as the $100 Library Research Award for demonstrating substantive engagement with scholarly literature. For students abroad who cannot be on campus, arrangements are made for Skype or videotaped presentations.

Students may submit a proposal individually or as part of a group.

2017 Conference

2017 Student Research Conference

Wheelock College's annual Student Research and Scholarship Conference was held Friday, April 28, 2017, in the Campus Center Wolf Room from 8:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. and featured presentations, panel discussions, and poster displays from students across Wheelock's Boston and Singapore campuses.

2017 Conference Award Winners

Library Research Award: Tan Xin Yi, Eileen Chia, Anne Chua, and Zoey Tan for their project, "Refining Children's Reading Comprehension through an Exposure to Wordless Books." The Singapore team presented their findings via Skype. For their study, the team encouraged nine kindergarteners, aged 5-6 years, to come up with stories based on the images they were shown in a picture book. The team then explored how the children used visual clues, made inferences, and determined the main idea of the book.

Emerging Scholars Award: Meilin Chong for her poster presentation, "21st Century Bilingual Education Models."

Center for Scholarship and Research Award: Haley Gaughan for her poster presentation, "Too Hot for School: Urban Campuses Impact Urban Heat Island Effect."

Scholarship in Action Award: Carly Johnson for her presentation, "Friendship in College: The Relationship between Shared Values and Commitment to Activism."

International Award: Emily Hart for "Venezuelan Development and 21st Century Socialism: Can ALBA Save the Day?" and Margaret Secakusuma for "Proxy State: The Role of the U.S. in Indonesia's Invasion of East Timor."

See the full 2017 Conference Program (pdf)

2017 Conference Program

8:45 AM - Welcome and Opening Remarks
David Chard, President
Detris Adelabu, Interim Dean of Arts and Sciences and Chair, Conference Planning Committee

9:00-10:00 AM - Singapore Student Presentations

  • Deepening Story Comprehension through Participatory Story Drama
    Jill See, Bethany Chang, Cheng Su Yi, Nural Amalina
  • Refining Children's Reading Comprehension Skills through an Exposure to Wordless Books
    Tan Xin Yi, Eileen Chia, Anne Chua, Zoey Tan

10:00-11:30 AM - Main Campus Student Presentations

  • A Caregiver's Journey through an Autism Diagnosis
    Alexandra Abrecht
  • Friendship in College: The Relationship between Values and Activism
    Carly Johnson, Jenne Powers
  • Flashback to Fairytales & Folktales
    Christina Bebe
  • Environmental Factors and Autism Rates
    Jamie Gentile

11:30 AM-12:30 PM - Research Project Poster Presentations

12:30-1:00 PM - Presentation of Awards and Wrap-up

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