Each year, the LCU Scholars Colloquium allows student scholars a venue to communicate the results of their research from various areas of study. The Colloquium promotes undergraduate research, the sharing of ideas, and academic growth for the university.
The 2017 Colloquium takes place Thursday and Friday March 30-31 and is open to campus and the public.
The Colloquium begins with a posters session in the Student Union Building. Each day will feature breakout sessions made up of student research presentations. On Thursday, Crystal Silva-McCormick (’02) will present a plenary address at 7 p.m. in the W.R. Collier Auditorium. Matt Joyner (’05) will present a session Friday morning at 10:45 a.m. in the Baker Conference Center.
In addition to the breakout sessions, presentations, and keynote speakers, senior Brandon Greer will present an original play, “A Friend Out of Stone,” Friday night at 7:30 p.m. in the McDonald Moody Auditorium.
For more information about the upcoming Colloquium, view the schedule of events.
Crystal Silva-McCormick (’02)
“So That the Birds of the Air Can Perch in Its Shade”
Crystal Silva-McCormick is a doctoral candidate in Interfaith Relations at the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago. An ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, Crystal has taught Women’s Studies and Religious Studies at the University of Texas at El Paso. She is a scholar with the Hispanic Theological Initiative, and she is an activist for fostering inter-religious dialogue and service, as well as advocacy for immigrant and immigration reform. Crystal now serves on the board of directors of the Parliament of the World’s Religions, and in 2016 she was appointed chair of the Parliament’s Women’s Task Force. Currently she lives in Austin and works with domestic violence victims.
Matt Joyner (’05)
“Exploring the Medicinal Potential of Nature”
As a student at LCU, Matthew Joiner was a founding member of Dr. Julie Marshall’s peanut research project and a member of the very first Honors Program cohort. As a scientist, he has pursued research in the areas of drug discovery, ethnobotany, microbial chemistry, metabolomics and protein-misfolding neurodegenerative diseases. Matthew is currently an Assistant Professor of Biochemistry at Pepperdine University, where he teaches Biochemistry and investigates the chemical and pharmacological properties of native medicinal plants used by local American Indians.