The Spring Student Symposium is an all-campus event that provides students an opportunity to showcase their academic projects to a campus-wide audience in a professional conference setting.
A full day of student presentations currently scheduled for Friday, April 16, 2021, the symposium allows students of all academic disciplines and graduation years to present independent research through oral presentations, posters, and artwork. Classes are canceled, allowing the entire Middlebury community to come out for a day of intellectual inquiry and inspiration.
Regrettably, due to COVID-19 the 2020 Spring Student Symposium was canceled. The symposium committee begins meeting in the fall and we will provide updates on planning for the the 2021 symposium as we are able.
Since its start in 2007, the event has grown to showcase the academic and creative works of more than 275 students annually. Students from all classes and all disciplines are encouraged to apply to present.
In addition to presenting, students enjoy attending to support their friends, explore a major, or learn more about undergraduate research topics here at Middlebury.
“The Student Symposium was one of my favorite days of the year. Presenting my work was very rewarding, but the day was great because of the quality of everyone’s work and presentation. Students at Middlebury work hard, and the Symposium is an amazing way to celebrate achievements and also gain essential presentation skills.”
“I enjoyed being able to share my work with my friends and family in a public setting, but I was really amazed by the depth and breadth of the other research I got to learn about during the Symposium. I felt reenergized at the end of the day because it was a great reminder of the passion and brilliance of so many members of the Middlebury community.”
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.