Topeka, KS – This Friday, Washburn University students will be making more than 80 presentations as part of the annual Apeiron event. Apeiron is an annual event designed to showcase student research, scholarship, creative activities and community engagement in a setting similar to a professional conference.
Named for the Greek word for unlimited, this year’s Apeiron will feature 86 presentations by 130 undergraduate and graduate students. The presentations range from fine arts performances to displays and oral presentation.
This year’s event also features a “Last Lecture” by Professor Emeritus of Social Work Nan Palmer. Dr. Palmer was a social worker for more than 45 years and served as a faculty member at Washburn for 24 years. She was one of the founding faculty of the Master of Social Work program at Washburn. In addition, Palmer also served as teaching faculty for the National Victims Assistance Academy and was one of the founding members of the Joint Center on Violence and Victims Studies. She volunteers extensively in the community including working in animal therapy over the last ten years with Gracie, her standard poodle.
“Apeiron gives our students a wonderful chance to showcase their scholarly work,” said Dr. Shaun Schmidt, professor of chemistry and chair of the Apeiron committee. “It also gives the entire campus community a chance to see the rich variety of talent we have here at Washburn.”
In addition, Schmidt said, the students have a chance to practice the kind of presentation skills that are vital in today’s business environment.
“It also gives our faculty another way to help our students develop and grow,” Schmidt said, “since each presenter must work with a faculty mentor in preparing for the event.”
This year’s Apeiron will begin with the fine arts performing session in the Carole Chapel from 10:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. Oral presentations will follow starting at 1 p.m. in the Henderson Learning Center. The formal welcome and “Last Lecture” will start at 3 p.m. in the Memorial Union with oral presentations and poster presentation sessions and a reception following.
You can find a link to the full program including descriptions of all of the presentations at: www.washburn.edu/Apeiron.