“It was canceled in 2020 because the organizers thought it impossible to continue with students being sent home for the rest of the Spring 2020 Semester,” said Beth Forys, Ph.D., 2021 event chair and professor of environmental studies and biology.
For 13 years, the Eckerd College Research Symposium had been held on a single day, in person with students giving oral presentations and poster presentations for a judging panel and observers. Similarly, the Humanities Symposium gathered the community together to hear oral presentations in a gallery setting for six years. This academic year, regulations prohibiting indoor gatherings of large crowds didn’t deter Forys, who had seen a successful virtual symposium at her daughter’s college.
“I thought, ‘I could do this at Eckerd,’” she said.