Students Present Research at Symposium

The 2015 Arthur Olsen Student Research Symposium featured more than 45 formal research presentations by students and poster research discussions.

Ever wondered about “The Effects of Facebook on Memory” or “Stress and Sleep Difficulties: Differences Between College Majors” or how one goes about “Fighting Cancer With Broccoli”?

Research and discoveries related to those questions and many others were shared by Augustana undergraduate student researchers Saturday afternoon at the 2015 Arthur Olsen Student Research Symposium, held in the Humanities Center on campus.

More than 45 students gave formal research presentations during the event, while 15 others led poster research discussions in the Humanities concourse. View a list of all the research sessions and presenters.

The symposium also featured a keynote discussion on “Seriously Amazing Moments in Smithsonian Forensic Anthropology and Skeletal Biology,” by Dr. Douglas Owsley, head of physical anthropology at the Smithsonian National Museum of History.

Ahead of the keynote, attendees took time to remember the symposium’s namesake, Dr. Art Olsen, professor emeritus of philosophy and religion at Augustana and former provost. 

Olsen served the College for more than 40 years, retiring in 1996. He passed away in May 2014.

The family of Dr. Art Olsen

In 2015, the Olsen family made an endowed gift to support the Augustana Symposium and student research. In honor of that gift and in tribute to Dr. Olsen's many contributions to the campus community and student research, the Augustana Symposium was renamed the Art Olsen Student Research Symposium.

The Arthur Olsen Symposium is supported by the Office of Academic AffairsCivitasMikkelsen Library and UBG.

Photo above: Two of Olsen's children, Beret and Arne, and his wife, Ruth, attended the Symposium on Saturday.