Student Showcase Highlights Professional-Level Experiences

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April 27, 2022

Westminster’s 2022 Student Showcase filled campus with energy and celebrations of student accomplishments. The event, held on April 22, highlighted students' professional experiences and academic achievements. It featured student presentations, discussions, exhibits, and performances throughout the day across campus.

The day began with a keynote from Westminster alum Babs De Lay, sponsored by Wells Fargo. Nearly 100 students presented the outcomes of their research, internships, capstone, and creative works. Students from each of the schools and the Honors College participated. 

“The student presentations were spectacular. I felt more energy during the talks, posters, and music performances in a few short hours than I have felt in a very long time,” said Dr. Debbie Tahmassebi, Westminster provost. “The students were excited to share their work, and faculty and staff were energized and proud of all of them.”

The Student Showcase is an opportunity for students to draw connections between their academic work and career options. Part of each student’s experience at Westminster includes the opportunity for paid research, internship, or creative work experiences. Students then present the outcomes of their work to the campus and local community—highlighting the preparation that Westminster graduates have when they enter the workforce with career confidence. 

Dr. Kathryn Julian, Assistant Professor of History and Faculty Fellow for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities, emphasized the impressive breadth and interdisciplinarity of the showcase projects.

 “It was inspiring to learn about student work across disciplines. We’re excited to expand the showcase next year to include an even larger range of projects and experiences – from internships to performing arts,” said Dr. Julian.

The day included live music and a campus-wide lunch in the Richer Commons. A baby grand piano was moved to the second floor of the Meldrum Science building for the event. Student-performed music filled the space alongside poster sessions and oral presentations.  Senior art students displayed their capstone projects. Communication and arts administration seniors held a portfolio open house.

“I was incredibly impressed and inspired by the passion and work of the students,” said Lindsie Smith, Director of the Gore Giovale Center for Innovative Leadership. "Westminster offers valuable support to our students as they prepare to transition into their professional lives.”

Visit westminstercollege.edu/showcase to learn more about Westminster’s Student Showcase.