Undegraduate academia, creativity to be showcased at Aperion

Marian Lacey

On April 20, Washburn will host the 5th annual Apeiron, an academic conference that showcases research and creativity of students who participate.

This year, 124 students from 20 disciplines will be participating which if up 20 percent from last year. The first Apeiron was in 2003 and showcased 56 students in eight disciplines.

Apeiron is a Greek term meaning wisdom that is infinite and boundless, all inclusive, eternal, and unaging. It is designed to be inclusive with respect to student research, scholarship, and creativity.

The projects that will be presented are intended to represent true academic excellence.

The student research will be presented in poster, oral and performing arts presentations. The forum will begin with the Keynote address at 1:10 p.m. in Washburn B.

The poster presentations will begin at 11:30 a.m. in Washburn A, the oral presentations will be at 1:30 p.m. in numerous rooms of the Henderson Learning Resources Center.

The performing arts performances will be at 3:30 p.m. in the Mulvane Art Museum. At 11:30 in Washburn A, snacks will also be available for anyone viewing the posters.

At 5 p.m., there will be a reception honoring the participants in the Washburn Room of the Memorial Union.

Apeiron committee chair, Kim Morse, would like to invite anyone and everyone to come and see the quality of work of Washburn students.

“We strongly encourage every student who wants to come to join us. It is an excellent opportunity to see research that students are involved in,” said Morse.

There is an endless list of what is going to be presented at the forum. A few examples of topics are “The Effects of Chocolate on Motor Performance Tasks,” by Lindsay Holtz in psychology, “Funding in a New Revolution: DR – CAFTA’s Effect on the Nicaraguan Economy,” by Lacey Keller from business, and “Why Israel?: America’s Stake in the Middle East,” by Thaddeus Gassie in political science.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for students presenting their research. They have invested an incredible amount of time and effort into these projects and it’s great for them to be able to demonstrate what they have accomplished,” said Morse

Apeiron also provides great public speaking experience for those involved and lets them share their knowledge.

For more information and a detailed schedule of events, log on to http://www.washburn.edu/admin/vpaa/apeiron/.