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The Department of Sociology at The University of Akron is an active community of students and faculty members who apply the tools of sociology to better understand and improve our ever changing and complex world. Our department creates a welcoming environment for all. We respect and celebrate our diversity as we collectively pursue inclusive excellence in learning and teaching.
The University of Akron’s Interdisciplinary Symposium (UAIS) is a student led initiative that strives to showcase the innovative and creative scholarship among all UA students. This year we accepted 120 abstracts to present at the symposium, double that of our first symposium last year. However, due to COVID-19 the UAIS planning committee decided to cancel this year’s event for the health and safety of students, faculty, staff and community members that would attend UAIS. Next year UAIS will be back, and hopefully we will be bigger than ever. UAIS plans on having more involvement from all colleges and departments across campus next year, and we encourage any student who is interested in planning the symposium to contact this year’s chair Matt Williamson (firstname.lastname@example.org).
For the second UAIS, we received a total of $7,000 for funding the event. UAIS would like to thank the following colleges and departments for helping to fund UAIS: Bucthel College of Arts and Sciences, College of Applied Science and Technology, College of Business Administration, College of Engineering, College of Health Professions, Lebron James Family Foundation College of Education, Williams Honors College, The University of Akron Graduate School, The University of Akron Libraries and MakerStudio, and EXL Center for Experiential Learning.
To all presenters who did not get to present their posters at UAIS, we encourage you to include your poster to your CV/resume. This can be done by noting that your abstract was accepted for presentation, but the 2020 conference was canceled due to COVID-19.
I would like to personally thank the following individuals for helping me during my time as the UAIS Symposium Chair: Dr. Robert Peralta (Assoc. Professor of Sociology), Dr. Carolyn Behrman Professor of Anthropology), and Scott Swiatek (ABD, Department of Sociology). The three of you provided countless hours of work for this year’s event, offered great suggestions and feedback, and helped to make UAIS a success over the last two years.
UAIS offers UA students (both undergraduate and graduate) a place to share their academic work with fellow students, faculty, and the community. The mission of UAIS is to showcase innovative and creative scholarship, offer students a chance to network, and to provide a forum for future interdisciplinary work. UAIS also offers students a chance to help plan the symposium, which offers both a challenging and rewarding experience for those on the planning committee.
I would like to formally announce that Garrett Decker (undergraduate student and President of the Sociology Club) will be taking over as Symposium Chair for next year’s event.
Congratulations Garrett, and thank you for stepping up!
Thank you all for your support of UAIS, student scholarship, and enabling an atmosphere that will lead to more innovative work,
UAIS Symposium Chair