Hiram College

What are the chemical cues upon which turkey vultures rely to find food? What are the crowding effects on the folding transition of a square well polymer chain?”

More than 40 Hiram students will gather to discuss such findings at the Celebration of Experiential Learning Symposium, Tuesday, Sept. 26, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Kennedy Center. Here, students representing about three-fourths of all majors will present posters and share their work with faculty, staff, fellow students, and College friends.

“One thing that I really like about presenting my research is that I am able to find people who are interested in the same things that interest me. It’s also nice to receive feedback and suggestions on how my research techniques can be improved,” says junior Adelaide Goodrich, an environmental studies and public health major and chemistry minor who studied turkey vultures’ feeding cues during her summer internship at the James H. Barrow Biological Field Station.

Junior physics major Jaden Slovensky worked with associate professor of physics Mark Taylor, Ph.D. on “Folding Transitions of Square Well Chain Crowded by Hard Sphere Chains.” His research centered on studying the folding transitions of a 16-bead square well polymer chain when it was surrounded by hard sphere chains.

“I’m looking forward to the responses viewers have when they see the graphs and pictures demonstrating the chains folding,” Slovensky says.

Organized by the Center for Scientific Engagement, Office of Career Development, and Hiram Connect with support from the Great Lakes Internship Grant and Mellon Grant, the symposium is one of two annual events (including Sugar Day) that showcase undergraduate research and experiential learning, says Colin Anderson, Ph.D., George and Arlene Foote Chair in Ethics and Values.

“This symposium provides students an opportunity to showcase the many ways in which they have taken their education outside of the classroom and into the field, the lab, and many different workplaces, gaining valuable hands-on understanding of the work that their Hiram education prepares them to do,” says Dr. Anderson, chair and associate professor of philosophy and director of Hiram Connect. “With Hiram Connect we make opportunities like these available for all students to help prepare them to enter whatever work they to pursue after Hiram.”