Spring Student Symposium - April 15, 2016

The 2016 Spring Student Symposium will be  the 10th anniversary of the all-campus event that showcases the scholarly and creative pursuits of Middlebury students. A full day of student presentations on Friday, April 15, for independent work including oral presentations, performances, posters, artwork, and readings. Classes are cancelled so that the entire Middlebury community can come out to engage with student presenters and performers for two days of intellectual inquiry and inspiration -- what many have termed, "...a party about thinking."

Over the past decade, the event has grown to showcase the academic and creative works of more than 300 students annually. Students from all classes and all disciplines are invited to share their work by presenting! The symposium application will open later in January.

sym2016_webgraphic.pngImportant change for the 2016 symposium

In an effort to focus on the heart of the symposium—the presentation and celebration of student work on Friday—we will not host a keynote speaker or organize related events in the Mahaney Center for the Arts on Thursday evening for the symposium.

Thursday evening is available to students and academic departments to schedule events in venues across campus throughout the evening. Thursday or Friday night events directly related to a symposium presentation scheduled during the day Friday, can be listed in the official symposium program.

Presentations for Friday will not change. We invite students to share their creative and intellectual endeavors through a poster/exhibit presentation, or individual (15 min) or group (up to 1 hr 15 min) oral presentations. 

If you have questions, please talk with us at uro@middlebury.edu.

Lisa Gates, Associate Dean for Fellowship and Research
Greg Vitercik, Professor of Music
Co-chairs of the Spring Student Symposium Committee

Here's what former Symposium presenters said about their experiences:

"As a presenter, I really enjoyed being able to share my passion with other people and possibly inspire them."

"I would absolutely present at the Symposium again, if I wasn't a graduating senior!  It was the best academic decision I made at Middlebury.  It was a rewarding, intellectually engaging, inspiring, and happy day!" 

What is a symposium like? Check out the following videos:

Symposium Video Slideshow (Spring 2013)
Scenes from a Symposium (Spring 2012)
Visit a Symposium Poster Session (Spring 2011)

For research and preparation support for student presenters, information about this year's application process, or past symposiums please visit the pages on the menu to the left.

Spring Symposium supporters include the Norbert K. Vaughn '10 Memorial Fund, established in 2008, to honor Norbert's memory and an event that exemplifies his approach to scholarly inquiry.