On April 8, Wheeling Jesuit University students will present their work at a Student Research Scholarship Symposium, highlighting their research and scholarship capabilities.
James Paulick will kick off opening ceremonies with a keynote speech at 9 a.m. in Troy Theater, located inside Swint Hall. Students will then break away to various classrooms on campus to make presentations.
"What began as a two-hour poster session in the hallways of Donahue Hall back in 1999 has since flourished into a full day's event encompassing the best that WJU has to offer in terms of student research and scholarship," said WJU Director of Undergraduate Research Bryan Raudenbush. "This year will feature over 100 presentations from over 120 students, which is a record breaker for our 15th anniversary."
Presentations will range from the opportunity for service immersion trip involvement growth to treatment of acid mine drainage with liquid cheese whey as a sulfate reducing bacteria stimulant and a closer look at the proposed concentration of bromide in the Ohio River after a barge collapse.
At the end of the event, three seniors competing for the Rev. Frank R. Haig, S.J. Science award will be announced at commencement. Fr. Haig served as WJU's third president from 1966-72. The Haig competition is moderated by James Coffield, assistant professor of chemistry. Students in line for the award are: Erin Sheplavy, psychology major, Anthony Schnelle, chemistry major and John Pennaccio, biology major. Haig recipients receive a medal along with a $2,500 prize.