Juniata Hosts Landmark Summer Research Symposium
TOWSON, Md. – The Landmark
Conference continued one of its pillar educational initiatives
recently as Susquehanna University hosted the sixth annual Landmark
Summer Research Symposium.
More than 75 students from four Landmark Conference institutions: Goucher College, Juniata College, Moravian College and Susquehanna University, came together with faculty for the event.
When the Landmark Athletic Conference was established, one of its goals was to create opportunities for students to collaborate in academic settings. The Summer Research Symposium was created for this purpose and allows students working on summer research projects to present their work to faculty and peers from other Landmark institutions.
The Landmark collaboration is unique in that the association is not limited to just athletic competition. Of the 90 students participating in the symposium, the vast majority do not participate in intercollegiate athletics. However, there were more than 10 students who participated in athletics this year.
“Without the symposium, each of the schools would likely have their own end of the summer presentations on campus,” Dr. Jill Keeney, chair of the Juniata biology department and symposium coordinator, said. “The Landmark Conference gives students the opportunity to present to a wider audience and to see what kind of research projects are being done by students at other schools.”
As NCAA Division III members, the Landmark Conference has embraced the division’s philosophy that places its primary focus on academics. Division III institutions seek to minimize the conflicts between athletics and academics and desire to keep student-athletes on a path to graduation. Student-athletes are integrated on campus and treated like all other members of the general student-body, which keeps them focused on being a student first.