20th Annual Discovery Day at Benedictine College | Benedictine College

20th Annual Discovery Day at Benedictine College

Original Research on Display

Published: Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Atchison, Kan. – [April 8, 2015] Benedictine College is hosting its 20th annual Discovery Day on Wednesday, April 15, from 7:40 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. This year it will feature 76 student presentations along with world renowned ethnomusicologist Portia Maulstby as the keynote speaker. All events and presentations are free and open to the public.

See the Discovery Program booklet (with project descriptions) here.

See the Schedule Overview grid here.

Each year, Benedictine College cancels its classes to allow for students and faculty to attend Discovery Day, a day of learning focused on student projects that have been researched outside of the classroom. This year, projects include tracking basketball skills through a smart sensor basketball, blending art and engineering in concrete graphics, a study on esophageal cancer, and a water filtration system for third world countries.  

Some projects presented at Discovery Day have even been entered into national competitions and conferences. Some of these projects include a small remote controlled aircraft that was entered into the Society of Automotive Engineers’ annual Aero Design Competition; a concrete canoe that was entered into the National Concrete Canoe Competition at the Mid-Continent Conference of American Society of Civil Engineers; and a sociology presentation on the pressures and expectations of singlehood in the post sexual revolution era that was presented at the Midwest Sociological Society’s annual conference. It will be presented on Discovery Day as “The M.R.S. Dilemma in the BC Bubble.”

Maultsby, the keynote speaker, is known for her work in African-American music and even authored the textbook on the subject. Her presentation, “The Field of Ethnomusicology: The Study of World Cultures through Music,” is set for 1 p.m. on April 15 in the O’Malley-McAllister Auditorium inside the St. John Paul II Student Center on the Atchison campus.

More than 2000 students have participated in Benedictine’s Discovery Day events since its inception in 1996. In that time, most faculty members and academic departments have taken an active role in sponsoring student projects.

Founded in 1858, Benedictine College is a Catholic, Benedictine, residential, liberal arts college located on the bluffs above the Missouri River in Atchison, Kansas. The school is proud to have been named one of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report as well as one of the top Catholic colleges in the nation by First Things magazine and the Newman Guide. It prides itself on outstanding academics, extraordinary faith life, strong athletic programs, and an exceptional sense of community and belonging. It has a mission to educate men and women within a community of faith and scholarship.