Apeiron forum to showcase student research, creativity

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This Friday, 89 Washburn University students will present at Apeiron 2013 from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. at several locations around the Washburn campus.

Apeiron, Washburn’s annual scholarly forum, brings together all manner of student-driven scholarship, from hard sciences to theatre.

“The idea is to have a professional conference on campus where all of these diverse subjects can be presented together to enlighten the community of Washburn,” said Shaun Schmidt, chair of the Apeiron committee and professor of chemistry. “The students become the teachers.”

Alayna Nigus, who will graduate next month with a bachelor’s degree in health administration, presented her original research at a conference at Seventh International Conference on Healthcare Systems and Global Business Issues conference at Jaipur National University in Jaipur, India in January. Now, she’s excited to share it with her Washburn peers.

“It started as an idea from a class paper,” Nigus said.

Nigus was guided by a faculty mentor. Zach Frank, director of the physical therapy assistant program, encouraged her to take her paper to the next level and guided her throughout the process.

There are 45 faculty mentors involved this year, who supervised 65 different presentations.

“All of the projects presented have to have a scholarly component,” Schmidt said. That means, for example, that a performance of Stephen Sondheim’s “A Little Night Music” will include scholarly discussion. Poetry has been added this year, Schmidt said, and will also showcase the scholarship involved. Apeiron, under its current name, has been held annually since 2003.

Schedule at a glance

• 10:30-11 a.m. – Student registration and poster setup, Washburn Room Lobby, Memorial Union

• 11 a.m. to 12:55 p.m. – Fine Arts Performances, Mulvane Art Museum and Carole Chapel.

• 1-2:50 p.m. – Oral Presentations, Henderson Learning Resources Center, rooms 203, 207, 208, 217, 303 and 307.

• 3-3:40 p.m. – Recognitions and The Last Lecture, “Belief and Science,” by Jorge Nobo, professor emeritus of philosophy, Washburn B, Memorial Union.

• 3:40-5 p.m. – Washburn A: Poster presentations and the closing reception, featuring food inspired by the cuisine of Kenya.

Get a program featuring all presentations with descriptions: http://www.washburn.edu/academics/apeiron/ApeironProgram-2013.pdf

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