Professors and students listen attentively as Jonathan Gardner, senior archeology and theology major, presents his research on the weapons and strategies the Israelites used to conquer Caanan. Gardner is one of 55 students presenting class research at Southern Adventist University’s campus research symposium, on what is known as research day, April 19.
Students’ topics include issues such a divorce and religion, childhood trauma and its relationship to recovery substance abuse, and exercise or diet for Type II Diabetes. Poster presentations, research presented on poster boards, are also displayed in the McKee Library for students to look at as they go through their day.
“Research Day is important to have because research is meant to be shared. It helps increase people’s knowledge,” says Hannah Zackrison, sophomore psychology major, who presented research on the quality of personal relationships among college-age students with depressive symptoms.
“Undergraduate research builds relationships between faculty and students,” says Joe Mocnik, director of libraries. “It is an opportunity for professors to be mentors and students to model mentors in research techniques.”
In addition, research day helps students improve their presentation skills and bolster their portfolios.
“It is empowering to have accomplished all this research and be able to share with others, but I have also learned a lot from different presentations,” says Zackrison. “It’s cool to see other things and increase my knowledge.”