Alma College will host the Michigan Academy of Science, Arts and Letters’ 2019 annual conference on Friday, March 1. With 33 sections of student and faculty presentations, audiences can expect to hear topics ranging from anthropology and business administration to sociology and zoology.
The non-profit organization, which was founded in 1894, initially highlighted the sciences but now focuses on the sciences, social sciences and humanities. Supported by 32 member-institutions, the Michigan Academy works as a way to exchange knowledge throughout the academy and across the state of Michigan.
“Alma has been a generous host to the Michigan Academy for years, and we are thrilled to share our facilities to academics across the region,” says Jessie DeHaan, assistant director of the Michigan Academy.
“As an interdisciplinary conference, we offer a unique opportunity for scholars across many disciplines to learn and interact with colleagues in fields they wouldn’t otherwise, while also providing an excellent opportunity for undergraduate students to gain experience presenting in a welcoming environment,” she says. “Thanks to Alma College for its willingness to host our 125th conference.”
Conference check-in takes place at the Remick Heritage Center. Presentations begin at 8:30 a.m. and continue to 5 p.m., with a luncheon featuring keynote speaker Stephany Slaughter, associate professor of Spanish and chair of the World Languages and Cultures Department at Alma College. The Kapp Award for outstanding undergraduate research also will be awarded.
Alma College has been the home of the Michigan Academy of Science, Arts and Letters since 2004.
All abstracts from the presentations are printed in the Michigan Academician, an academic journal published by the Academy. Members receive a subscription to the journal as a benefit of membership.
More than 500 guests are expected to be in attendance, including undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, independent researchers and retired scholars. Guests are welcome to attend the presentation for a cost of $35 for the day. For more information, visit the Michigan Academy website.