ATLANTA (April 8, 2015) – Spelman College’s annual Research Day on April 17 will offer more than 200 Spelman students an opportunity to display their scholarly work and investigative research through oral and poster presentations. Since its inauguration as Science Day in 1989, Research Day has evolved to include presentations by students from all disciplines and majors – encouraging cross collaboration. The event will conclude with an awards ceremony that will recognize students and faculty advisors.

The 2015 Research Day theme is “Inquire . . . Discover. . . Imagine . . . Explore . . . Create.”

“Those five words are the hallmark and theme of every Research Day, as they best represent the institution’s commitment to inquiry-based, student-centered, integrated learning,” said Carmen Sidbury, Ph.D., associate provost for research.

This year, for the first time, Research Day will practice the Sustainable Spelman model by incorporating, a digital program guide to disseminate information about the event. The traditional paper program guide will go digital in an effort to save both paper and money and model an experience comparable to other present-day conferences and symposiums, noted Dr. Sidbury.

The keynote speaker will be Colin “Topper” Carew, filmmaker, artist, screenwriter, and visiting scholar at Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Media Lab. Carew’s portfolio of work is representative of how technology is used to harness the integrated power of STEAM (STEM – science, technology, engineering and mathematics – and the Arts).

Research Day is free and open to the public. The event is co-chaired by Mark E. Lee, Ph.D., chair and associate professor, Department of Biology; and Kathleen E. Phillips Lewis, Ph.D., chair and associate professor, Department of History.

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According to Dr. Phillips Lewis, “the increase in Research Day presentations representing cross-disciplinary collaboration in scholarship and research indicates that, increasingly, Spelman students are coming to recognize that the big questions of today, at the global, national, and local levels, can only be truly solved by cross, multi, and interdisciplinary inquiry, and collaboration, toward integrated, holistic solutions. The Research Day experience gives Spelman students the experience they need to propel themselves onto a more public and grander stage as academics, scholars and researchers in their own right.”


Friday, April 17, 2015

9 a.m.- 5 p.m.



Spelman College

GPS Address: 440 Westview Drive, Atlanta 30310

Research Day will be held at various locations across campus

Media Contact:
Audrey Arthur
Spelman College
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