Quincy University to host fifth annual academic symposium April 19-22

QUINCY – Quincy University will be the host of its fifth annual academic symposium April 19-22 to highlight the work generated by students during the academic year.

Students will present their original research within their academic programs at various times in the Connie Niemann Center for Music, South Auditorium, QU North Campus, 1700 Seminary Road. This event is free and open to the public.

Thirty-four undergraduate students, with the support of 12 mentors, will represent the School of Science & Technology, School of Humanities, School of Fine Arts and Communication, School of Education and Human Services and the Oakley School of Business.

The symposium will showcase 11 platform presentations and 17 poster and special media presentations. Following is the schedule of events:

  • Tuesday, April 19, platform presentations from 10–11:30 a.m.
  • Wednesday, April 20, platform presentations from 9:30–11:30 a.m.
  • Thursday, April 21, platform presentations from 1:30–3:30 p.m.
  • Friday, April 22, poster and special media presentations open house from 10 a.m.–noon; lunch and keynote speaker from noon-1 p.m.; awards presentation from 1–2 p.m.

Joseph R. Coelho, professor of biology at Quincy University, will serve as the
keynote speaker. In his presentation about his recently published paper titled “Sex, Bugs and
Rock ‘n’ Roll: Insects in Music Videos,” Coelho will discuss his examination of music videos on
YouTube for insect content, including types of insects and themes represented, and what the data
showed about human attitudes toward insects. The paper was published in the open-access, peer reviewed journal Insects in a special issue entitled “Cultural Entomology: Our Love-hate Relationship with Insects.” Coelho is serving as guest editor of the volume. The paper is available at https://www.mdpi.com/2075-4450/12/7/616/htm.

The symposium aims to prepare academically talented students for professional schools, reward academic achievement, provide an opportunity for academic competition among students and offer a platform for interaction among major programs.

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