Academic Symposium 2021

Goshen College’s 22nd Annual Academic Symposium

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On Friday, April 9, 2021, Goshen College hosted its annual academic symposium with 16 sessions featuring 57 students and 13 faculty from a variety of disciplines: biology, chemistry, communication, GC Core classes, English, history, music, and theater. You can enjoy the excellent scholarly and creative work with videos, audio recordings, and Google slides from each session.

We invite you to share your feedback by email ( or an evaluation form. If you want to give feedback for multiple sessions, please complete a separate form for each one.

Academic Symposium Feedback

See a collection of photos from the day.

For additional information about the Academic Symposium, contact Beth Martin Birky at 574-535-7465 or the Academic Dean’s office at 574-535-7464.


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The mission of the annual Academic Symposium is to

  • acknowledge original undergraduate, graduate, and faculty research and creative works that play an essential role in our academic programs
  • encourage students and faculty to contribute to the larger conversation about knowing and knowledge that sustains the academy
  • provide a professional development opportunity for students to practice their presentation, research, and performance skills in the context of a liberal arts academic environment
  • share with the Goshen College and local community a broad range of academic research and creative works

Goshen College’s annual academic symposium takes one day to highlight the amazing research that faculty and students have done in the past year. Whether you have one research assignment from a class, a Maple Scholars project, or a senior thesis, this is an opportunity for you to share your work and knowledge with the entire campus.

In addition to presentations, you can share your work through posters, panels, and creative performances or displays.

The process is simple: Send in your name, project title and description to Associate Academic Dean Beth Martin Birky or fill out this short application before March 22, 2021.

Complete the application

Talk with your adviser today and take this opportunity to develop your professional skills! Faculty can nominate a student or submit their own application.

Sessions are open only to GC students and employees, with masks and social distancing required. They can also be accessed on the day of the symposium via Zoom links that will be posted that same day.

See the 2019 program

Photos from the 2019 Academic Symposium.

View past years’ programs and research abstracts in the archive. Note: The 2020 Academic Symposium was cancelled due to COVID-19.


“Research is to see what everybody else has seen, and think what nobody has thought.”

Albert Szent-Györgyi