Leaping Lizards! MHC's Senior Symposium

Posted: April 17, 2007

On Friday, April 13, 88 seniors from a wide variety of disciplines presented their independent research and senior thesis projects at Mount Holyoke's annual Senior Symposium. Presentations on topics as far-flung as American media images of Kamikaze pilots and knee flexor action in swimming toads testified to the depth and breadth of the campus's intellectual energy. The day was an exuberant celebration of hard work and learning, well attended by students, faculty, and family.

The symposium was organized by the Weissman Center for Leadership and the Liberal Arts and supported by several campus offices, including the president's office, dean of faculty, the dean of the College, the Science Center, development, and communications. Lois Brown, director of the Weissman Center and associate professor of English, described the event as a "gathering that celebrates student academic initiative, inquiry, perseverance, and creativity." She also noted that the symposium "highlights the commitment to ambitious independent endeavors and senior theses, and the substantial ways in which Mount Holyoke students and their professors work together so well and closely."

President Joanne V. Creighton spent much of the day in and around Kendade Hall, attending presentations and chatting with students and faculty. "This event generates so much energy," she said. "I'm so impressed by the students' work and their presentation skills." Megan Nùñez, Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor of Chemistry, agreed. "This is one of my favorite days of the year. It's a great opportunity to see the amazing things the students are doing and to be proud of them."

Meet 10 MHC students who participated in the Senior Symposium.

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