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2017 Research and Scholarship Celebration

March 29, 2017        Ramsey Arena

Poster hanging period 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM (All posters must be up no later than 2:00 pm)

Poster Preview   3:00 PM – 4:00 PM (Browse posters created by your peers).

Welcome  4:00 – 4:05 PM Dr. Brandon Schwab

Faculty Panel 4:05-4:55 PM (including Q & A)

  • Dr. Channa DeSilva, Department of Chemistry & Physics
  • Dr. Martin Tanaka, School of Engineering &Technology
  • Dr. Steve Morse, School of Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Sport Management, and Hospitality & Tourism
  • Professor Heather Mae Erickson, School of Art & Design
  • Dr. Honor Sachs, Department of History
  • Introduce keynote speaker 4:55-5:00 PM

Keynote Address by Marie T. Cochran 5:00 – 6:00 PM

Reception & Celebration 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM 

Undergraduate & Graduate Posters 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM 


March 30, 2017        University Center

Graduate Research Symposium 10:00 AM – 6:30 PM

Tips for giving a presentation

How To Make an Oral Presentation of Your Research – University of Virginia Center for Undergraduate Excellence,

Oral Presentation Tips – Grand Valley State University Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarship

Keynote Speaker

Marie CochranMarie T. Cochran received degrees from the University of Georgia (BFA) and the School of the Art Institute in Chicago (MFA). Through her work as a visual artist, educator and curator, Cochran uses art to convene community partners for conversation and collaboration that continues throughout the process of creation. A key feature of her work involves primary source material --- including historical documents, archival photographs and oral history interviews. Cochran received Story Circle Training during her participation in the Color Line Project led by John O’Neil, founder of the Free Southern Theatre. She has also participated in the planning and programming for the Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street traveling exhibits, Journey Stories (Sylva, NC) and New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music (Toccoa, GA).

Selected exhibition venues include the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA; Lyndon Johnson Presidential Library & Museum, Austin, TX; the former Center for African American History and Culture, Smithsonian Institute, Washington, DC; and the Studio Museum of Harlem, NYC. Cochran’s art awards include a Georgia Council for the Arts Individual Artist’s Grant, Artist as Catalyst grant from the Mid-Atlantic Arts Council. /Southern Arts Federation Fellowship, NEA Fast-Track Challenge Grant and support from the We Shall Overcome Fund sponsored by the Highlander Center.

She has been an artist-in-residence at a wide range of organizations including youth programs and historical sites. Cochran is the founding artist/curator of the Affrilachian Artist Project which celebrates the unique perspective of people of African descent in the Appalachian region.

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