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Undergraduate Scholars Conference

Undergraduate students in the arts and sciences present their scholarly works from the past academic year in oral and poster format. The opening of the conference includes a keynote address.

This type of conference prepares students for graduate-level expectations, as well as teaching them the ability to talk about their research in grad school interviews.

For students who follow a career path after their undergraduate studies, the conference improves self-confidence, their ability to articulate ideas publicly, and increases appreciation of scholarship in other disciplines.

2016 Conference

April 28, 3-7p.m.
Rogalski Center

Keynote Speaker, Kelsey A.W. Marquard '09

Kelsey graduated from St. Ambrose in 2009 with a double major in political science and history and double minors in pre-law and classical studies. She graduated from the University of Iowa College of Law with distinction in 2012. Kelsey currently is a trial lawyer at Hopkins and Huebner in Davenport and practices primarily in the area of insurance defense.

Kelsey met her husband, Henry, on the St. Ambrose Mock Trial team, and they have been married since 2011. They live with their infant son, James, and collie, Stuart, in Bettendorf. 

Kelsey is thrilled to be speaking at the conference. 

Past topics have included:

Morphometric Differences between Certain Structures of Dementia and Non-dementia Diagnosed Brains

Elisabeth Vigée-Lebrun: The Undervalued Female Artist of 18th Century France

Research on the effects of age and cognitive load on balance performance

Emilia and the Inequalities Between Men and Women in William Shakespeare's Othello

TPRS: An Alternative Method for Teaching a Foreign Language

Haiti: A Country that immigrated to the United States