Arthur Olsen Student Research Symposium

Symposium at AU

The Arthur Olsen Student Research Symposium is a gathering that fosters and celebrates student research at the university. The structure of the symposium follows that of a traditional academic conference, and Augustana students from all disciplines are invited and encouraged to present their original research at this forum. The symposium provides the campus and surrounding community an opportunity to see and appreciate the creativity, hard work and ingenuity of its students.

This year's symposium will take place Saturday, April 15, at the Froiland Science Complex. The keynote address will be delivered by Dr. Esther Ngumbi, whose presentation is entitled "Thought Leadership for a Sustainable Future: Amplifying Science, Engaging the Public & Advocating for Food Security."

The Arthur Olsen Student Research Symposium is supported by the Office of Academic AffairsCivitas Honors ProgramMikkelsen Library and Union Board of Governors (UBG).

Arthur Olsen Student Research Symposium

Schedule of Events

  • 10-11:30 a.m. | Keynote address and presentation of student awards in FSC 113
  • 11:35 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. | Student presentations in various FSC classrooms
  • 12:45-2 p.m. | Poster presentations in FSC 113
  • 2-3:10 p.m. | Student presentations in various FSC classrooms

Keynote Speaker Dr. Esther Ngumbi

Dr. Ngumbi is an author, researcher, educator, mentor, speaker and champion for change around the issues of hunger, gender, education, youth activism, agriculture, sustainability and public service. Ngumbi is an assistant professor of entomology and African American studies at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She is the founder of organizations that empower farmers and youth in Kenya and has served as a mentor for the Clinton Global Initiative University Initiative and President Barack Obama's Young Leadership Program.

Esther Ngumbi

Dr. Arthur Olsen

In 2015, the family of Dr. Arthur Olsen 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 Arthur Olsen Student Research Symposium.

Arthur Olsen