The work of undergraduate scholars will again be highlighted this week during ClarkFEST, the University’s twice-yearly showcase of student research and creative work.
On Wednesday, April 26, nearly 100 students will display posters about their research; more than a dozen student groups will be part of the Interactive Media Exhibits; and panels will feature students discussing their departmental honors theses, reflections on cultural immersion, and more.
“Every semester, the Clark community comes together to celebrate our students’ achievements, and to reaffirm our commitment to a rigorous education grounded in experiential learning,” write Mary Ellen Boyle, dean of the college, and Stephen Moon, director of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships Advising, in their welcome message in the ClarkFEST program. “ClarkFEST also allows us to recognize excellence in mentorship from faculty and staff members and to show appreciation for the generous financial support of university fellowships and donors.”
ClarkFEST projects span the range of academic disciplines at Clark, from a biology study of gene-stealing fungi to a student-designed project on reproductive narratives. Students have examined land use, aspects of belonging, the impact of overturning Roe v. Wade, how NBA salaries are determined, and microbiomes in various forms — among many other topics. Interactive projects include games, designs, and creating music for livestreams.
The poster exhibition will be held in Tilton Hall and the Grace Conference Room, both in the Higgins University Center, from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Panels and roundtables will take place in various locations in the University Center, Shaich Family Alumni and Student Engagement Center, and the Jefferson Academic Center. Interactive media exhibits by students in the Becker School of Design & Technology will be displayed at the Barrett Center on Roxbury Street. The Clark Shuttle will depart main campus for the Barrett Center every 35 minutes.
Boyle and Moon write that ClarkFEST “encapsulates what we know about the Clark experience: Liberal education best prepares students to become citizen-scholars in the world, and it is a team effort.”