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Finish the semester with honors (theses)

Show your support for Roadrunners showcasing their research at the Honors Thesis Symposium on May 4

April 26, 2018

MSU Denver Honors Thesis Symposium bannerAt the annual Honors Thesis Symposium, students present research in a public forum – but it goes beyond their findings.

“Students grow as scholars as they conduct individual, independent research projects working in close collaboration with faculty mentors,” said Megan Hughes-Zarzo, Ph.D., Honors Program director. “They also gain valuable public speaking experience through the symposium, as they present their ideas and respond to questions from a diverse audience during the question-and-answer sessions.”

This semester’s symposium will feature three student panels and one faculty panel, along with a midday luncheon. The event starts at 9:30 a.m. on May 4 in CAVEA, SSB 420.

The event is open to all University employees, and the luncheon is free – however, please RSVP by April 30.


  • 9:30-10:30 a.m. Panel 1: Helping Students to Find Their Voices: Pedagogies for Singing and Speaking (CAVEA SSB 420)
    • Genesis De Leon “Bilingual Education Programs in the U.S.”
    • Sam Lund-Brown “The Power of the Voice: Teaching Opera in High School”
  • 10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Panel 2: From the Barrio to the Economy to Hollywood: Representation and Democracy (CAVEA SSB 420)
    • Chanel Ward “Should Latinos Boycott Hollywood?”
    • Abigail Najera “The Impact of Undocumented Immigrants on U.S. Taxes”
    • Selena Piña “Disconnected Democracy in the Barrio: On Addressing North East Denver’s Concerns over the I-70 Expansion”
  • 12:30-1:45 p.m. Celebratory Luncheon (Tivoli 320)
  • 2:00-3:30 p.m. Panel 3: Legislating, Mitigating and Exhibiting Change
    • Katherine Bergstrom “Horrific and Sacred: The Role of Museums in Reinterpreting the Historical Narrative of the Civil War”
    • Christina Lynn “Intersex Identity and Social Work Practice”
    • Becky Alter “Motivating Millennials to Mitigate Climate Change”
  • 3:45-4:45 p.m. Panel 4: Interdisciplinary Faculty Panel
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