CU engages the best: interdisciplinary symposium highlights achievements of top student scholars

Twenty-five students representing all disciplines across campus competed in the CU-LEAD Alliance Third Annual Student Symposium on March 18, for six prize categories.

The one-day symposium featured a jazz performance by the Diverse Musician's Alliance and keynote presentation from Dr. Stephanie Krusemark who challenged notions on how built campus environments are constructed through racially-gendered identities. Following the opening ceremonies, a series of round-robin panel presentations and a poster session were held where students professionally presented their research or projects and described how their work contributed to their respective disciplines in a supportive environment of their peers, educators, university community and corporate supporters.

Presenters competed for top presentation awards that were juried by faculty sponsors based on their research statement, methodology and outcomes along with impact and overall knowledge of their subject matter.

Congratulations to the top presenters!

  • Hladini Mensah-Dzomley, Junior, Architecture, Best Presentation for Professional Fields
  • Elom Amouzou, Junior, Business & Ethnic Studies, and Matt Sparks, Junior, Film & Ethnic Studies, Best Presentation for Arts and Humanities
  • Lamar Blackwell, Junior, Mechanical Engineering, Best Presentation for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
  • Martha Berhane, Junior, International Affairs, Best Presentation for Social Sciences
  • Juedon Kebebe, Sophomore, Communication, Best Presentation for a Developing Project
  • Matthew Greenwald, Senior, Architecture, Best Poster Session

The CU-LEAD Alliance Student Symposium is a campus-wide event designed to showcase the creative and scholarly projects and research of CU-LEAD students across all disciplines at the University of Colorado Boulder. The symposium’s goal is to provide an interdisciplinary platform for student, staff and
faculty to engage in dialogue and encourage students to consider pursuing a postgraduate education.

The CU-LEAD Alliance is a set of multidisciplinary academic neighborhoods promoting diversity and educational excellence through access for underrepresented and first-generation students.

The event was sponsored by the 2012/2013 Diversity & Equity Grant and the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Community Engagement.

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