Welcome to the 14th Annual University of Mary Washington Research and Creativity Day Virtual Symposium Spring 2020!

April 24, 2020 would have been the 14th annual Research and Creativity Day symposium at the University of Mary Washington. As in years past, the Hurley Convergence Center would have been filled with posters and hosted simultaneous oral sessions. There would have been multiple exhibitions and performances across campus, and numerous departments would have hosted their own events to celebrate the intellectual and creative work of their students. Unfortunately, the unprecedented events connected to the Coronavirus pandemic this year has meant that along with all other face-to-face events and classes at the university, we cannot hold this year’s Research and Creativity Day as we have in years past.

But students and faculty have been working together throughout this year on their research and creative projects, and we want to take the time to share them and celebrate them. For that reason, we will be holding the 2020 Research and Creativity Day as a Virtual Symposium.

We invite everyone—students, faculty, staff, parents, alumni, and other university friends—to browse the presentations published on this website to see student projects and performances from across the university, organized on the menu above by college, department, student name, and category of presentation. We hope you will not only take a look, but also take the time to comment directly to the various projects by our students with your questions and words of encouragement to recognize and celebrate their hard work and achievements!

To comment, just click on the project title following one of the menus above, and fill out the required information. Comments will be open through the end of the day on April 24th.

Congratulations and thank you to all our student presenters and their faculty mentors for their accomplishments, and to all of us for making it through this busy and unusual year!

A special thanks to Jerry Slezak, Shannon Houser, and Cartland Berge from UMW Digital Learning Support; Angie Kemp of UMW Simpson Library; Anand Rao of the UMW Speaking Center, and AJ Newell, Design Services Director (University Relations) for their support of this Virtual Symposium.