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URCA Symposium, featuring scholarly work by College of Arts and Sciences students, is April 17

Published on April 10, 2024
College of Arts & Sciences

ASHLAND, Ohio – More than 40 students from Ashland University’s College of Arts and Sciences will present their scholarly work at the Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Symposium on Wednesday, April 17. The public is welcome to attend the 15th annual event, in which presenters will display original research, read original creative writing or exhibit new works in design and fine art. The presentations are scheduled throughout the day (9 a.m.-4:15 p.m.) on the upper level of the John C. Myers Convocation Center (820 Claremont Ave.).

With about 10 academic programs represented, there are topics to satisfy a variety of interests, such as “Modeling Complex Growth in Christianity” (mathematics), “Advancing Accessibility Through Technology” (computer science), “Benzoate Substituted Imidazoles as Potential Anticancer Agents” (chemistry), “Investigating the Role of the Transcription Factor Cebpg in Zebrafish Lens Development” (biology), “Thank a Farmer” (art), “Xenophon’s View of Justice: The Military Trials and the Grecian Legal System” (political science) and “Sprinter’s Edge” (computer science).

Established in 2009, the URCA Symposium is designed to give AU students an opportunity to enhance their educational experience. It prepares them to present at professional conferences, author and/or co-author publications in journals, compete and perform at state, regional and national levels and exhibit work in a variety of venues.

This year’s URCA Symposium is being directed by Wendy Schaller, associate professor of art at AU. For more information on URCA, visit

Ashland University is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University ( values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students.