Skyline Hosts Symposium to Showcase Humanities and Social Sciences Projects – The Skyline View
The virtual event showcased students, experts and creative ideas
Skyline College’s first annual undergraduate academic research symposium, uSOAR, brought together student researchers, student leaders and faculty to share the fruits of their research.
The symposium, a virtual event, is a showcase of research projects related to subjects in the social and human sciences. Based on their experience, the event researchers challenged themselves academically to explore their “why” in the topic of interest, relate their findings to multiple disciplines, and find solutions to certain problems at community level through their research.
Danni Redding Lapuz, who is Skyline College’s Dean for Social Sciences and Creative Arts, further developed that research is transformative and impactful in a student’s educational experience.
“The process of doing and writing your own research is an act of empowerment,” Lapuz said. “Student researchers move from consuming selected academic content to becoming creators of academic content. This is a powerful reframing of our students’ relationship with learning, and it elevates diverse voices and perspectives in the scholarship arena. Our vision with USOAR is to create a symposium to raise the voice of our undergraduate researchers and demystify the research process. We are excited to make USOAR’s vision a reality at Skyline College. “
The first student researcher to present her project was Elaine Frances Arroyo, who is major in Biology at Skyline College, Transfer Program Fellow with Distinction and Outreach Ambassador at Skyline College. Her research has focused on finding methods to better teach organic chemistry to students enrolled in STEM courses and, in particular, to use them to overcome racial, financial, gender, and mental health insecurities.
“I can choose my own research question and that’s basically my ‘why’ and my motivation to complete my project because I know that at the end of the day I can use these results for someone’s benefit,” he said. said Arroyo, referring to his passion for learning new things.
Beside the presentation was Nicole Hong, a psychology and recent major in communications at the College of San Mateo and vice president of the Psychology Honors Society, whose research focused on the struggles of SLE patients in the vicious cycle of stress during pandemic. . Her experiences of being a lupus patient herself have allowed her to provide context by describing firsthand the treatment that lupus patients receive and the reality of “living with uncertainty” that they face.
“Basically, I like to shed light on issues that are not being talked about enough and should be more,” said Hong. “When I say I’m sick, people don’t often believe me because I don’t look sick, or I don’t get rid of it like it’s nothing, when in reality, lupus is a serious chronic disease that often dictates what I can do every day. ”
Last to present was Kiana Leong, who is majoring in English and Political Science at Skyline College and devotes her free time to the transfer program with distinction. Their research focused on the differences between the structures of governments in East Asia and Western democracies. They raised points about why meritocracy should have a chance to be practiced in the West, because of the way it allows everyone to have equal opportunities to have an education and to make politically informed choices.
The three students expressed their gratitude to their teachers and classmates for their support from start to finish, which made their projects possible.
Skyline College President Melissa Moreno said she had never attended an event showcasing research in the aforementioned areas before, especially when she attended De Anza College. She was proud of the efforts made to organize the symposium and described it as an incredible opportunity for the students.
The faculty research panelists and the event’s keynote speaker each provided the scope of their own research process, the gist of how they started the research, the challenges faced in carrying it out, and their advice to students who undertake the task with the chosen topic.
“It’s also important to follow your passion,” said Dr. Tony Jackson, who is one of the panelists. “This passion will keep you engaged and involved when the going gets tough.”
Another panelist, Dr. Liza Erpelo, shared her words to believe in yourself, trust the process and not compare yourself to anyone on every trip, and the research process is different.
The researcher decides when he wants to conclude his research once he has found the answer to his question or to continue to explore other ideas that would lead to other dimensions for a different project, said professor and panelist Kaylee Matheny. in the discussion.
Participants in the event had supported each individual’s contribution and were active in raising questions about the research and the history behind it.
Organizers hope the second annual USOAR will take place on campus next year. A recording is available on Zoom for those who missed the event.
All the effort and planning that went into organizing the event was aimed at getting more students to invest in their own research and come up with their own conclusions for the future of academic enrichment and tackling issues. related.