The SPC Honors Program hosted its Ninth Annual Collegiate Research Conference at the EpiCenter Collaborative Labs Thursday, Jan. 28. There was a strong turnout among students, faculty, staff and administrators.
“This conference has inspired students to conduct research, analyze the results, prepare a presentation, and present in front of an audience,” said Honors Program Interim Director Earl Fratus. “It provides undergraduate students at St. Petersburg College an opportunity to share their projects and be recognized and celebrated for their exceptional work.”
This year’s conference featured the largest number of student presentations to date with 46 podium presentations, posters and artwork spanning a wide range of topics including biology, medicine, social science, law, history and the humanities.
“Each project reflects the effort of our students through academic research and exploration,” said Fratus.
Watch our area of study blogs in the coming weeks for student posts detailing their research projects.
Keynote speaker inspires students to live a life of experience
Keynote speaker Professor Linda Yakle has taught Honors Interdisciplinary Studies classes for more than 25 years. Her keynote address drew from her experiences during four pilgrimages on the El Camino de Santiago, a 500-mile pilgrimage in Spain. In 2013 she brought her pilgrimage directly to the students by teaching her online humanities class as she made the 500-mile trek. Today, she encourage students to create their own experience.
“I don’t want your journey to be just metaphorical,” she said. Common phrases among other travelers on the Camino include “everyone walks his own Camino” and “Buen Camino” – which translates “Good Road.”
With many of the honors students in the audience in their final year of college, on the verge of stepping out into the next chapter of their life, she explained some of the lessons she learned along the way that she hoped would resonate with them.
“I am here to call you to action,” she said. “To suggest to you that you at least consider living a life of experience instead of one of material acquisition.”
Honors program staff and students help organize event
Amy Bhatt, president of the Honors Program Student Consortium, served as event chair and collaborated with other consortium members and honors program staff to organize the event. Bhatt also moderated the 60-second speech presentations, a crowd favorite.
Honors Program Staff
- Earl Fratus, Interim Director
- Tara Hunter, Executive Assistant
- Joshua Owens, Student Assistant
- Roberta Spathari, Student Assistant
Honors Program Student Consortium members
- Amy Bhatt, President
- Laura Valdes, Vice President
- Kayla Li, Events Coordinator
- Brenna Garcia, Public Relations Director
- Alexander Haydon, Secretary
- Garrick Roe, St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus Representative
- Ronda Bailey, Seminole Campus Representative
- Adam Robinson, Tarpon Springs Campus Representative