By Kylie Garrett
Post & Beyond, the annual exhibition of students’ independent academic research, service and experiential learning, and internships, will be held on April 26 from 12:30 to 2 p.m. in the Tilles Atrium.
The symposium features work by graduate, undergraduate, and sometimes high school students across the University and in the community. The event highlights a wide range of original research and community work and celebrates the hands-on learning experiences of students going out, facing the world and trying to make sense of it through teamwork with faculty mentors.
The program is sponsored by the Office of Academic Affairs and organized by the Dean’s Office of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and LIU Promise. “The point of the symposium is to present student research and also other student experiences that lie outside the traditional academic setting,” Glynis Pereyra, associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, said.
Student applications to present their work are reviewed by a committee of faculty from LIU Post. The faculty gives feedback on the submitted applications, and the students can make modifications before submitting their final projects. Between 90 and 100 percent of the applications are accepted. All students working with an LIU Post mentor are welcome to submit an application to participate. Online forms are due by March 20. After students are accepted, they are to attend a workshop where they will learn to make a poster and then LIU Post Information Technology department prints the poster.
“It’s great experience to see how to do a poster presentation because it is a common thing in the professional world,” Pereyra said. Senior Kristen Olsen, an early childhood education major, is thinking about entering a poster this year about her experience as a student teacher. “I think putting together a presentation would be great experience for me in the real classroom setting where I will have to put together presentations in the classroom, as well as presenting my work,” Olsen said.
So far only three students have submitted their work for the 2018 symposium. With 44 submissions last year, the symposium committee is hoping to increase that number this year. One thing that attracts more students to attend is that the posters are not judged. Post & Beyond is just a space for them to display and present work/experiences.