Whitman students became the teachers and the entire campus their classroom as the college canceled its regularly scheduled courses in favor of a full day of moderated lectures, poster presentations, musical performances and special exhibitions.
More than 160 students participated in the 19th annual Whitman Undergraduate Conference yesterday, which featured work students produced in their courses, senior theses, summer internships or fellowships, faculty-student research projects and study abroad.
The conference, which celebrates the academic achievements of students across disciplines and provides a platform for research that many students are unable to access prior to the post-graduate level, is among the college's signature programs.
"I love seeing my friends be experts at the Undergraduate Conference," said Nina Finley '17, a biology-environmental studies major who served as a moderator for the Session II section "Secrets of the Deep" and presented her own fieldwork on sea star wasting disease.
"I feel proud and inspired when I watch people I know from outside the classroom—ultimate [frisbee] teammates, trip leaders—share their passions by talking about their research or giving a musical performance," she added. "It's a side of them I wouldn't normally get to see."
Other presentations included "The Effect of Paternal Relationships on Adolescent Girls' Self-Objectification," by psychology majors Taylor Berntson '17, Hannah Bouwman '17 and Pascale Carpentier '17; and "Eudaemonia Is Actualized by Intrinsically Motivated Work: Using Aristotle and Montessori to Develop a New Account of Eudaemonia" by philosophy major Jack Eiford '17.
Fore more information on the Whitman Undergraduate Conference, including coverage of previous years, click here.
Eliza Wyckoff '20 contributed reporting