The Department of Sociology & Anthropology
In the Spring of each academic year, the department's students present the results of research that they conducted at the annual Research Symposium that includes both oral and poster presentations. For graduating seniors, it is the culminating experience of two years' work that begins with students drafting their proposals in SOC 311: Research Design or one of the three methods classes in anthropology (ATH 313: Ethnography or ATH 317: Field Archaeology or ATH 318: The Archaeology of Objects) in their junior year. They then carry out the research in their senior year in the respective capstone seminars or in close consultation with the instructor/advisor. For non-graduating students, it is an opportunity to present the results of peer or faculty-student collaborative research conducted through a specific course.
The Research Symposium, held every May, provides those students with a professional opportunity to gain experience in presenting data to an academic community, a skill that is highly valued in graduate programs of study.