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More than 500 students will present more than 300 research projects at the Undergraduate Research Symposium at Colby College, April 29-May 1. To mark the 10th anniversary, this year’s celebration of scholarship will highlight the work of three student-professor research collaborations in the keynote address, Wednesday, April 29, at 7:30 p.m. in Ostrove Auditorium, Diamond Building. For the first time, this year’s symposium will include a New Play Festival, with plays written, directed and produced by Colby students.

The symposium includes poster and oral presentations following yearlong or semester projects and including senior honors theses. Students from 28 programs and majors are participating, with topics ranging from the motives of African-American troops for fighting in the Civil War to the effect of glutamate on neurosecretory cells in the crustacean nervous system. A full list of abstracts and a schedule is online. Presentations will take place on the second floor of the Roberts Building.

The keynote address will highlight the research of Chemistry Professor Julie Millard, Environmental Studies Professor Philip Nyhus and Art Professor Véronique Plesch. They will discuss their experiences as teacher-scholars working closely with students in their research. Poster presentations and a reception begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Diamond Building atrium.

The New Play Festival, which runs Thursday-Saturday, April 30-May 2, at 7:30 p.m. in Strider Theater, features nine plays by Colby students, chosen through a competition last semester. Theater students were responsible for every element of the festival, from writing and casting the plays to building sets and managing marketing.
Colby is strongly committed to the principle that making connections to real research problems is invaluable to experiencing, in depth, the discipline in which students are working. The symposium is an expression of this core value.