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Building on the Block: Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium

The Charge: The Center for Immersive Learning and Engaged Teaching will be a dynamic place, a centerpiece of academic engagement at the heart of the new Tutt Library, where students, faculty, staff, and alumni come together and where resources are available to discover and share best practices and support new ideas.

What's Happening: As part of Colorado College's ongoing goal to push the boundaries of academic discovery and student learning, the annual Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium showcased CC student-faculty research collaborations.

"It's been fantastic. I had never done this kind of a research project. I'd always done more quantitative research with students. And so this was really cool, because I really wanted them to own their part of the project," said Corinne Scheiner, professor of comparative literature.

Following months of research, students presented their findings to the CC community at an open symposium, which included a series of short presentations and a poster gallery.

In a testament to the diversity and versatility of undergraduate research at CC, the topics vary greatly. The 2015 symposium presentations ranged from research on literary philosophy and music to studies on the history of confinement, deportation studies, and molecular biology.

Scheiner highlighted the "moments of intersection; how ideas converse with one another in ways that they otherwise wouldn't normally do" as one of the many strengths of the research conducted throughout the summer. Jane Murphy, associate professor in the History Department, described the experiences of the symposium and the research presented as a "turning point for the humanities and humanistic social sciences," and that the "conversations during this research produces, by its very nature, great ideas."

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, through a $800,000 grant to support the creation of the Center for Immersive Learning and Engaged Teaching, funds 10 stipends for student summer undergraduate research fellowships in the humanities and humanistic social sciences, as well as programming for summer student workshops and faculty development seminars.

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