Liberal Arts and Sciences Symposium

Liberal Arts and Sciences Symposium

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

 
The Liberal Arts and Sciences Symposium/Posters of Research in Science and Mathematics (LASS/PRISM) is an annual event that brings together Oglethorpe University students and faculty in a day-long celebration of exemplary scholarly work produced by Oglethorpe students under faculty mentorship. The symposium’s sessions provide a forum for students and faculty to present, discuss, and learn from outstanding student endeavors. Papers, roundtables, oral and poster presentations, art exhibitions, and scholarly musical presentations present the fruits of both Oglethorpe’s liberal arts curriculum as well as science, technology, and math research. You can explore programs and schedules from prior years below.  

Locations

Conant Performing Arts Center
Philip Weltner Library Atrium, Oglethorpe University Museum of Art, Earl Dolive Theatre
TLCC Atrium and Trustee Room

Tentative Schedule

9 A.M. – 10:30 A.M. PRISM
9 A.M. – 9:45 A.M. – Poster Session I
9:45 A.M. – 10:30 A.M. – Poster Session II
10:45 A.M. to 11:30 A.M. – Keynote Address
11:45 A.M. to 1:15 P.M. – Lunch and Meeting of the Majors
1:30 P.M. to 2:45 P.M. – Session I
3:00 P.M. to 4:15 P.M. – Session II
4:30 P.M. to 5:45 P.M. – Session III
6:00 P.M. – Faculty Gala

Important Dates

January/February TBA: Snack and Learns for LASS/PRISM Preparation

Monday, March 18, 2019:  Proposal and abstract submission deadline

Friday, March 22, 2019: Notification of proposal or abstract acceptance

Wednesday, April 24, 2019: Liberal Arts and Sciences Symposium and Posters of Research in Science and Mathematics


FAQs

The Liberal Arts and Sciences Symposium/Posters of Research in Science and Math (LASS/PRISM) is an annual event that brings together Oglethorpe University students and faculty in a day-long celebration of exemplary scholarly work produced by Oglethorpe students under faculty mentorship. The symposium’s sessions provide a forum for students and faculty to present, discuss, and learn from outstanding student endeavors. Papers, roundtables, oral and poster presentations, art exhibitions, and scholarly music presentations present the fruits of both Oglethorpe’s liberal arts curriculum as well as science, technology, and math research. You can explore programs and schedules from prior years at https://oglethorpe.edu/symposium/

LASS stands for Liberal Arts and Sciences Symposium and PRISM stands for Posters of Research in Science and Math. LASS refers to the day-long academic conference, which includes oral presentations, panel discussions, an art exhibition, and a STEM poster session (PRISM). PRISM typically occurs at the beginning of the day and posters are focused on the STEM disciplines. You are welcome to propose to participate in either or both formats if you have a faculty mentor for the project, regardless of your major.
LASS/PRISM will be all day Wednesday, April 25, 2019. Daytime classes do not meet on this day. 
The event is open to all students, faculty, and staff. In fact, this is a public event. Students may participate by presenting, volunteering, and attending. If you’d like to present your scholarly work, please see the Student Guide for more details which can be found below. If you’d like to volunteer to welcome attendees and participants or hand out programs, please email lass@oglethorpe.edu. If you are not presenting or volunteering, please attend the event! Come support your peers!
The University strongly encourages attendance at LASS/PRISM. This is a great opportunity to contribute to the Oglethorpe Community and experience the motto “Make A Life. Make A Living. Make A Difference” up close. Your instructor may require attendance for a particular class, so please check with your individual professors.
If you’re interested in your subject and proud of your commitment to the topic, that will show in your abstract and proposal. Any course-related subject with a faculty mentor is open to consideration by the LASS/PRISM committee. 
The Student Guide, which can be found below, includes detailed information on writing an academic abstract or proposal. In addition, the Student Guide includes detailed information including presentation skills, preparing a poster, and dress code.
This year’s deadline for submission is Monday, March 18, 2019. You will be notified if your proposal is accepted by midnight, Friday, March 22, 2019.
Yes, you must work with a faculty mentor to write your proposal or abstract and to prepare for your presentation.
Business casual. Formal wear, party clothes, or clothing with slogans are generally not appropriate unless relevant to the content or tradition of your presentation. Follow these guidelines compiled by the A-Lab:

  • You may want a tailored jacket over a professional dress or pantsuit.
  • Shoes should be plain and not too tall (no platforms, sandals, or sparkle.)
  • No ‘club wear’ — short skirts, low-cut blouses, or tight-fitting clothes.
  • Hair, makeup, jewelry should be conservative. Pull your hair back if you play with it when nervous.
  • Hair and facial hair should be trimmed and neat; clean-shaven is generally best.
  • Shoes and belt should match in color.
  • No white socks.
  • No polo shirts, t-shirts, hats, athletic wear, sneakers.
  • No chewing gum, food, take-out cups, or cell phones.
LASS/PRISM participation puts you ahead of your peers in graduate school and in your profession when it comes to conference skills. Attending symposia and conferences and presenting research or speaking in your chosen field is a part of professional life. According to the ASAE (American Society for Association Executives) there are nearly 100,000 different organizations for professions in the United States alone. https://www.npr.org/2011/05/25/136646070/time-for-associations-to-trade-in-their-past. Graduate students routinely speak and present at academic conferences throughout their course of study.
Yes, this is a public, free event. 
 

Student Guide

Faculty Guide


Past events:

View the 2018 Symposium program (PDF)

2018 Liberal Arts and Sciences Symposium

Explore this photo album by Oglethorpe University on Flickr!

View the 2017 Symposium program (PDF)

2017 Liberal Arts & Science Symposium

This annual event brings together students and faculty in a day-long celebration of exemplary analytic and creative work and research produced by Oglethorpe students during the academic year.

 

View the 2016 Symposium program (PDF).

2016 Liberal Arts & Sciences Symposium

This annual event brings together the entire Oglethorpe community for a day-long celebration of exemplary analytic and creative work produced by students during the academic year.

View one of the 2016 panels below:

Our Books for Benin: The Benefits of Service Learning at Oglethorpe

From the 2016 Liberal Arts and Sciences Symposium Moderator: Professor Iona Wynter-Parks Student presenters: Victoria Lindbergh: “The Bigger Picture of Giving Back”; Kayla Stone: “A Cultural Dip in Benin”; Rebecca White: “Improving Language Skills through Creative Outlets”.

View the 2015 Symposium program.

2015 Liberal Arts & Sciences Symposium

This annual event brings together the entire Oglethorpe community for a day-long celebration of exemplary analytic and creative work produced by students during the academic year.

View the 2015 LASS YouTube Playlist below:

2015 Liberal Arts & Sciences Symposium – YouTube

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View the 2014 Symposium program. 

2014 Liberal Arts & Sciences Symposium

This annual event brings together students and faculty in a day-long celebration of exemplary analytic and creative work produced by Oglethorpe students during the academic year. April 11, 2014.

View the 2014 LASS YouTube Playlist below:

2014 Liberal Arts & Sciences Symposium – YouTube

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View the 2013 Symposium program. 

See our coverage of this event

2013 Liberal Arts and Sciences Symposium

The Symposium in the Liberal Arts and Sciences is an annual event that brings together students and faculty in a day-long celebration of exemplary analytic and creative work produced by Oglethorpe students during the academic year. The symposium’s sessions provide a forum for students and faculty to recognize, discuss and learn from these outstanding student endeavors.

View the 2012 Symposium program. 

See our coverage of this event

2012 Liberal Arts and Sciences Symposium

A time when OU students are able to present there hard work to the Faculty and Staff but also to their fellow students and incoming admitted students. Check it out!