Simpson University Invites Community to 9th Annual Student Research Symposium

REDDING, Calif.—The public is invited to sit in on thought-provoking presentations and participate in Q&A and poster sessions at Simpson University’s 9th Annual Student Research Symposium on Wednesday, March 13.

The free, daylong event features 25 presentations and posters by undergraduate and graduate students on topics from multiple disciplines.

Free registration will be from 8 to 10 a.m. outside the Bean Scene coffee shop on campus. Chartwells will provide breakfast vouchers for outdoor dining on Simpson Boulevard. Guests are welcome to purchase lunch in the campus dining hall.

From 9 to 10 a.m., the Science Department will sponsor an egg-drop contest at the Bean Scene patio.


The opening plenary session will be at 10:20 a.m. inside the James M. Grant Student Life Center, featuring Michael K. Clifford, a venture catalyst in the world of higher education.

This year’s symposium theme is “Momentum.”

“We live in a world today that is experiencing rapid change and creating challenges for governments and social institutions,” said Dr. John Ayabe, chair of the symposium committee. “As a theme for this year’s symposium, momentum offers an opportunity for the university to consider the forces of change in our world from a variety of disciplinary perspectives and to engage students in conversations about opportunities and pitfalls of momentum.”

Throughout the day, participants will present their scholarship in 10- to 30-minute presentations in various classrooms. Seating at each session is limited and available on a first-come basis. A poster session with refreshments is scheduled from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the Grant Center.

A schedule of sessions will be posted online at

This year’s presentations include titles such as “Of the End Times: Comparing Shi’i, Sunni and Christian Eschatology,” “The Cycle of Political Polarization in America,” “Sex, Guilt and the Church,” and “Is Home Birth Safe?”

The day will include a roundtable panel discussion of students and staff on “Momentum from Common Reading: Engaging Brené Brown’s ‘Braving the Wilderness’.” The Simpson community has been reading Brown’s book in the third year of On the Same Page, the university’s common reading program.

The symposium will conclude with an awards banquet for presenters in the Collord-Humphries room. The Stanley Clark Student Research Awards—named after former university provost Stanley Clark, a strong supporter of student research—will be presented to students for best research paper, best poster, and best research presentation in undergraduate and graduate categories.

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Simpson University, founded in 1921, moved to Redding almost 30 years ago and will celebrate its centennial in 2021. In addition to offering 25 majors in its traditional undergraduate program, the university has graduated almost 4,000 North State adults from its ASPIRE degree-completion program, and nearly 3,000 from its School of Education. It has a highly ranked School of Nursing, a seminary, and master’s programs in counseling psychology and organizational leadership.

Simpson is launching new athletics programs in track and field, swimming and diving, and men’s volleyball, as well as a bass fishing team. The university is also working to better serve transfer students from community colleges through its commitment to Associate Degree for Transfer agreements.

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