The FIRST Annual Honors Student Conference

So many decisions to make when you come to DePaul! As my freshman year comes to an end, I can honestly say that joining the Honors Program at DePaul was one of the best decisions I made this year. The Honors Program provides so many opportunities to get involved at DePaul and the advisors of the program are absolutely fabulous! Nancy and Jennifer make sorting out which classes to take a cinch!

Last week I had the opportunity to participate in the first-ever Honors Program Student Conference: Spotlight on Research and Creativity. This conference featured undergrad projects including senior thesis presentations, non-thesis posters, and student paper presentations. I fell into the middle category as I made a poster based off a paper I had done for a class I took fall quarter.

My project was titled Your New Miss America is: The Politics of Beauty and Empowerment. While I won't bore you with the details of my project, I gained some valuable experience about presenting research to an audience as I explained my research questions and final argument to countless professors, other students, and the Honors Program Advisors.

I highly suggest to everyone next year to attend DePaul's Honors Student Conference. It was cool to see what other students were up to academically within the past year.

Regardless if you are participating in the Honors Program here at DePaul or not, there are many departmental conferences where students can apply to present their research on various topics. After putting so much work into a project, a lot of students feel passionate about their topic, and it's nice to have many outlets to share your hard work, rather than just turning in papers and forgetting about them.

By the time you graduate, you will definitely have gained some valuable academic experience; as a first year student I have already presented research in a conference. Get excited future Blue Demons!

 
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