Jocelyn Buggy ‘22
On Thursday, September 24, the J.D. Power Center for Liberal Arts in the World sent an e-mail to students containing a link to the virtual Summer 2020 Research Symposium and Internship Expo. In years prior, the Center for Career Development and the Weiss Summer Research Program have co-hosted a research symposium and internship expo to highlight the work done by Holy Cross students over the summer. The event, typically held in the Hogan Ballroom, historically features student posters with information outlining their research and internship experiences from the preceding summer. Although the Symposium and Expo could not occur in-person due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the J.D. Power Center for Liberal Arts in the World worked closely with the Research Associates Program and the Center for Career Development to create an interactive website to mimic the traditional event.
Over 60 Holy Cross students participated in the Research Associates Program during the summer months of 2020. They worked directly with Holy Cross faculty to conduct research on a wide variety of topics. According to the Research Symposium and Internship Expo website, “research projects include a historical collective for first-hand accounts of living through the COVID-19 pandemic, a project on how synthetic biology can inform methods of translation for classicists, and a look at how the First Amendment can be reconciled with civil rights.” Students created a combination of virtual posters and voice-over presentations about their research. These resources are posted on the Symposium website and available for public viewing. Those interested in seeing students’ work can use the “Research Associates” tab on the Symposium website’s home page to view the research, along with photos of the associates and brief abstracts of each project.
Joe Nyhan ‘22 participated in the Research Associates Program and conducted research related to finding conditions in the universe today that could lead to a past singularity, or “point of infinite density, like in the center of a black hole.” When asked about his experience with the Program, Joe said: “I decided to pursue the Research Associates Program to gain exposure to high level physics while working with accredited faculty. It was an outstanding opportunity to keep myself busy with productive, academic work during quarantine. I felt that is was somewhat difficult to collaborate with my advisors virtually, as it was more time consuming to answer brief questions via email versus simply popping into their offices. However, as we ended up working with some collaborators in Europe, our virtual solution ended up becoming a benefit. This experience improved my skillset as a whole, and has given me an appreciation and better understanding of high level, cutting edge research.” In addition to the Research Associates Program, the Summer 2020 Research Symposium and Internship Expo website features the work of Holy Cross students who completed a summer internship through the Crusader Summer Internship Fund. This resource is contributed to by a combination of the College, alumni, and parent donors. Students can apply to receive a stipend from the fund if they are completing unpaid internships, positions that are often financially inaccessible for many college-aged individuals. Students who received this funding for Summer 2020 were asked to design a virtual poster that shares their experience, what they learned, and their advice to other students interested in the organization or industry that they worked in. Like the work of the Research Associates, these posters can be viewed by navigating to the “Summer Internships” tab on the Research Symposium and Internship Expo website. The posters are categorized by career field and highlight experiences in industries like Finance, Non-Profit Work, International Affairs, and much more. Students interested in learning more about the Summer 2020 Research Symposium and Internship Expo are encouraged to e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.