25th Annual Academic Symposium

Wednesday, April 10, 2024
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Kevin Gary

Professor at Valparaiso University, where he teaches theology, education, and in the Christ College Honors Program.

Author of the book Why Boredom Matters: Education, Leisure, and the Quest for a Meaningful Life published by Cambridge University Press in 2022

Talk Title: Why You Should Not Trust Boredom

Click here for more information about Dr. Kevin Gary!


2024 Academic Symposium Schedule

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 a research assignment from a class, a Maple Scholars project, a senior thesis, a publication or faculty research project, this is an opportunity for you to share your work and knowledge with the entire campus.

For the first time, Goshen College will suspend classes for the day to enable all students and faculty to participate in this celebration academic achievements in all disciplines.

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

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

Albert Szent-Györgyi

If you have questions, feel free to consult any member of the Academic Symposium committee: Jody Saylor, Chair; Suzanne Ehst, Luke Kreider, Sara Method, Fritz Hartman, and Jewel Lehman.

Guidelines for Presenters are available by request. → See more information and frequently asked questions

Annual Academic Symposium Archives

View past years’ programs and research abstracts in the archive.