SMC Students Present at SC Upstate Research Symposium

SMC Students Claim Prizes at SC Upstate Research Symposium

SMC student presenters at SC Upstate Research Symposium.

SMC students demonstrated their strengths in research and presentation skills during the 19th Annual SC Upstate Research Symposium, with two presenting groups earning prizes for their poster presentations.

Twenty-nine SMC students, the most ever, participated in this year’s Symposium, which is an academic conference focused on highlighting area college students’ academic and creative works. In addition, three SMC students received awards for their presentations during this year’s Symposium.

Seniors Kahleag Terry and Drake Taber received the poster presentation business & marketing award for their presentation on “Spartanburg Methodist College: Evaluation of Classroom Space Efficiency.” Their research investigated how the College could use classroom space and online classes more efficiently to accommodate increasing needs.

SMC senior Livingston Hawkins III earned the poster presentation for history & women’s studies award for his presentation on “The Loves & Controversies of Wallada bint al-Mustakfi.” Hawkins looked at how the poet’s work met and deviated from the norms of Islamic Spain during the Middle Ages.

In addition to the prize winners, 26 other SMC students participated in the Symposium alongside students from numerous other area colleges. Other SMC participants were:

Esmeralda Ayala Torres, Chris Castro, Logan Catoe, Gracie Freeman, Joshua Golden, Bryan Herrera, Zach Jennings, Morgan King, Shy Loudermilk, Jennifer Morales, Luna Orozco, Joy Outhous, McKensleigh Parnell, Hunter Parris, Keya Patel, Harleigh Payne, Mikinzi Pitts, Megan Reese, Daria Regan, Chloe Robbs, Joe Stone, Kyleigh Thompson, Ciani Tillery-Baxter, Shamarion Tubbs, Rhogue Wallace, and Reagen White.

SMC Faculty representatives from left to right, Dr. Mary Jane Farmer, Dr. Jennifer Hyder, Dr. Ethan Birney, Dr. Crystal Brown, and Dr. Christina King-Johnson.

Faculty members Dr. Jennifer Hyder, Dr. Mary Jane Farmer, Dr. Ethan Birney, Dr. Christina King-Johnson, and Dr. Crystal Brown assisted the students with their projects and presentations.

The SC Upstate Research Symposium is a full-day academic conference that provides a forum for faculty and students to interact and discuss their research, scholarly, and creative endeavors. In addition, it gives students a chance to experience a professional conference and interact with community and business leaders.

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