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Students Share Work in Research Symposium

By Rachel Judy | March 29, 2011

Elise Leal

Highlighting the scholarly excellence of students, the first Regent University School of Undergraduate Studies (RSU) Student Research Symposium was held on Friday, March 25. The symposium was sponsored by the Religion and Philosophy Department.

Seven RSU students presented research papers they had written for general education and upper-level classes. Each of the papers addressed the topic of religion in some way. Student presenters included: Paul Bufford (Religious Studies), Frankie Hammonds Jr. (History), Paul Imbrone (Biblical & Theological Studies), Benjamin Kay (Biblical & Theological Studies), Elise Leal (Communication Studies), Brett Lonadier (Religious Studies) and Sara Orszulak (Biblical Studies).

"What I am most excited about is the diversity of student presenters, which mirrors the diversity of RSU students," explained Dr. Katherine Attanasi, assistant professor in the School of Undergraduate Studies and the symposium's organizer. "These students and papers showcase the range of RSU student interests, and all demonstrate a commitment to excellence and desire to contribute to the scholarly community in keeping with Regent's mission."

Leal, an online student who authored A City on a Hill: Exploring the Motivation and Implications of the Puritan Migration to America, traveled from Texas to present her paper.

"As an online student, I am not usually able to participate in academic discussions or events, and this symposium presents an opportunity for me to do this," she said. "I felt that my undergraduate experience would be significantly enriched by more scholarly face-to-face interactions, and so that is why I decided not only to submit something to the symposium but to actually travel to campus for the event."

While most of the students were on campus to present their work, Imbrone utilized Skype to share his research with the audience. "Presenting this paper afforded me a more solid footing to understand and communicate the Christ-centered truth [Philippians 2] contains while exalting its lyrical beauty," he said of his paper, titled The Christological Hymn of Philippians 2.

"Scholarship is an essential aspect of a Christ-centered university education. This Student Research Symposium exemplifies the tremendous work faculty in RSU are doing in educating students to begin the wonderful journey of being Christian scholars," added dean Dr. Gerson Moreno-RiaƱo. "We are grateful for these students who participated and for the many others pursuing a life of Christian scholarship within our school. It is a great privilege for us to be a part of their education and life."


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