Socratic Symposium, Spring 2015

Each semester, our Honors community comes together to celebrate the achievements of our scholars and the faculty who have advised and mentored them in their research, coursework, and service projects. This tradition, which we call the Socratic Symposium, is an opportunity for us to break bread together while learning about some of the latest theses, Honors courses, and independent studies.

This semester, we have two graduating seniors, Ebony Ford and Rebecca Slomowitz. Both defended their theses in psychology at the Spring 2015 Socratic Symposium on Tuesday, April 21st.

Ford presented a summary of her thesis, Transformative Relationships and Empowerment, an analysis of the long-lasting, transformative impacts of mentoring relationships. Inspired by the influence of her own mentor in high school, she conducted interviews and surveys to examine the extent to which participants felt that mentoring relationships had given them a sense of empowerment.


Ebony Ford defends her thesis, _Transformative Relationships and Empowerment_

Slomowitz was next to defend her thesis, Remember What? Working Memory Capabilities in Infancy. Based on months of lab research with 12 to 14-month-old infants, this study explores the possibility of a difference between infants’ ability to remember objects versus their ability to remember people.


Rebecca Slomowitz defending her thesis, _Remember What? Working Memory Capabilities in Infancy_

Another highlight of this Socratic Symposium was the fourth annual Arnold A. Markley Honors Faculty Award, given to Dr. Michael Yatauro, Assistant Professor of Mathematics. Named for the late Dr. Markley, former Honors Coordinator and beloved Professor of English, this award is given in recognition of a faculty member whose instruction and support have been instrumental in students’ progress in Honors courses or independent research.

Dr. Michael Yautaro, recipient of the second annual Arnold A. Markley Honors Faculty Award

Dr. Michael Yatauro, recipient of the fourth annual Arnold A. Markley Honors Faculty Award

To all who attended and contributed to the Spring 2015 Socratic Symposium, thank you for all of your hard work and creative contributions to our distinguished Honors community.



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