Arthur Olsen Student Research Symposium


Saturday, April 15 | Froiland Science Complex


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 in this forum. The symposium provides the campus and the surrounding community an opportunity to see and appreciate the creativity, hard work and ingenuity of our students.

Students are able to submit an application for an oral presentation and/or a poster presentation. Applications will open Feb. 17 and close March 17. If your financial situation prohibits your ability to participate in the poster session and no departmental support is available to you, please email Dr. Joseph Patteson to inquire about financial assistance for producing a poster.

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

Arthur Olsen Student Research Symposium

Keynote Speaker Dr. Esther Ngumbi

Dr. Esther 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 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