On October 9, 29 Scripps students gathered in the Hampton Room at Malott Commons to present data and analyses of their original research projects to faculty and peers at Scripps’ third annual Fall Undergraduate Research Symposium. This daylong event included presentations by recipients of the Environmental Analysis, Esterly, Hsu Fund, Johnson, LASPA Action, and Mellon grants. Taken together, the students’ research was conducted in more than seven languages and across nine countries, in fields ranging from philosophy, to chemistry, to feminist theory, to sustainable development.
The presentations were slotted into five sessions throughout the day, organized according to grant type rather than field of study. A truly interdisciplinary experience, science and humanities majors presented in the same sessions, and students and faculty from various disciplines were able to ask questions and learn from one another.
The symposium fostered a full day of learning and discussion between students and faculty. The event’s organizer, Associate Dean of Faculty Gretchen Edwalds-Gilbert, remarked that this emphasis on interdisciplinary learning is deeply reflective of Scripps’ values. “[This approach] benefits the students because they have to synthesize the work they did into a presentation that people outside of their field can understand and appreciate,” she says.
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