Quincy University will host its fifth annual Academic Symposium highlighting the impressive work generated by talented students during the academic year.

Students will present their original research within their academic programs from Tuesday, April 19, to Friday, April 22, at various times in the Connie Niemann Center for Music, South Auditorium, QU North Campus (1700 Seminary Rd.) This event is free and open to the public. Masks are optional.

Thirty-four undergraduate students, with the support of 12 mentors, represent the following schools: School of Science & Technology, School of Humanities, School of Fine Arts and Communication, School of Education and Human Services and the Oakley School of Business. The 2022 Academic Symposium will showcase 11 platform presentations and 17 poster and special media presentations.

Please see the following schedule of events.

  • Tuesday, April 19, Platform Presentations from 10 – 11:30 a.m.
  • Wednesday, April 20, Platform Presentations from 9:30 –11:30 a.m.
  • Thursday, April 21, Platform Presentations from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
  • Friday, April 22,
    • Poster and Special Media Presentations Open House from 10 a.m. – noon
    • Lunch and Keynote Speaker from noon -1 p.m.
    • Awards Presentation from 1 – 2 p.m.

Joseph R. Coelho, Ph.D., professor of biology at Quincy University, will serve as the keynote speaker. In his presentation about his recently published paper titled “Sex, Bugs and Rock ‘n’ Roll: Insects in Music Videos,” Coelho will discuss his examination of music videos on YouTube for insect content, including types of insects and themes represented, and what the data showed about human attitudes toward insects.

The paper was published in the open-access, peer-reviewed journal Insects in a special issue entitled Cultural Entomology: Our Love-hate Relationship with Insects. Coelho is serving as Guest Editor of the volume. The paper is available at https://www.mdpi.com/2075-4450/12/7/616/htm.

Coelho obtained a bachelor’s of science degree in biology from the University of California at Riverside and a doctorate in environmental, population and organismic biology from the University of Colorado. He came to Quincy University in 2004. His research primarily focuses on the physiological ecology of insects, solitary wasps in particular. He also studies cultural entomology, such as insects in music.  He teaches all of the field courses, including Ecology, Environmental Science, Entomology, Plant Field Biology and Vertebrate Field Biology.

The Academic Symposium aims to prepare academically talented students for professional schools, reward academic achievement, provide an opportunity for academic competition among students and offer a platform for interaction among major programs.

For more information, contact Caitlin Deskins, Ph.D., at deskica@quincy.edu.

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