Susquehanna Seniors to Share Scholarly Research
Published on April 11, 2012
Rhiannon Basile, a senior English major from Millville, N.J., believes that the 18th-century author Jane Austen was “a truly revolutionary author, for she uses contemporary feminist ideology to interrogate her society, as well as its conceptions of the novel and of women.”
Basile is one of nearly 100 seniors at Susquehanna University planning to present and discuss their research and creative projects at Senior Scholars Day on April 17. She will give an oral presentation of her essay titled “Ahead of Her Time: an Analysis of Jane Austen’s Use of Feminist Theory in Northanger Abbey.”
Begun more than 30 years ago, the annual Senior Scholars Day is an opportunity “to celebrate student-faculty collaboration at the highest level and for students completing such work to honor the faculty that supported them,” said Terry Winegar, dean of the School of Natural and Social Sciences.
Poster displays, oral presentations, graphic design work and recitals will be offered in the Charles B. Degenstein Campus Center and the Cunningham Center for Music and Art, starting with opening remarks in the former at 11:45 a.m. A closing reception to honor all participants and faculty members will take place at 5:45 p.m. in the Lore Degenstein Gallery.
Poster sessions are scheduled from noon to 1 p.m. and 4 to 5 p.m. in the Degenstein Campus Center’s Mellon Lounge, with oral presentations taking place from 1 to 3 p.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. in the meeting rooms. Attendees will find musical performances from 3 to 4 p.m. in the Cunningham Center’s Stretansky Concert Hall, while graphic design majors display their work through the day in the building’s first-floor art wing.
“Scholarship—discovering or creating something new—is one of the highest aims of a Susquehanna education,” said Carl O. Moses, university provost. “Our senior scholars and their faculty mentors exemplify our values in significant ways, and on this day, we recognize their accomplishments.”
Other scheduled presentations include “The Presence of Sulfur Oxidizing and Sulfate Reducing Bacteria at the Site of the Centralia Mine Fire,” “Take Us Out of This Poverty Isle: Oppression, Poverty and Famine in the Letters of Irish Migrants, 1858–1851,” “Determining Our Free Will” and “Cause and Effect: What Motivated the Perpetrators in the Rwandan Genocide?”
For more information on Senior Scholars Day, please visit www.susqu.edu/academics/1013.asp.