A Chance to Shine
Showcasing Our Scho W
hen Lindsay Wargelin ’13 presented her research about tree frogs at the Cardinal Colloquium in April, she looked professional and composed — more like a young professional, less like a student. Perhaps the trip to the Panama rain forest two years earlier had something to do with it. That’s where her interest in tree frogs started. It’s also where she had a kidney stone attack and ended up in the hospital. “It was definitely a growing experience,” Wargelin said of her internship position with the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Gamboa, Panama. “Dr. (Sarah) Bouchard (associate professor of biology and earth science) was there, but my parents weren’t. I felt like the trip required me
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by Roger Routson to make decisions on my own and helped me grow up.” That maturity was evident in Wargelin’s presentation at the second annual Cardinal Colloquium this past April, an event that “seeks to showcase the very best student and student/faculty collaborative work at Otterbein, celebrating the scholarly accomplishments across all disciplines and degree levels and giving our scholars the chance to shine,” said Wendy Sherman Heckler, associate vice president of Academic Affairs, dean of University Programs and co-chairwoman of the Cardinal Colloquium. It is a celebration of research and creative work, one of the Five Cardinal Experiences.
Student participants in the Colloquium were nominated by faculty members. Students then submitted abstracts describing their projects and the committee selected and organized a set of posters and presentations to include in the program. The 2013 Cardinal Colloquium was enhanced over the first year’s Colloquium by inviting and including alumni in the event. Dean Johnston, professor of chemistry and co-chairman of the Cardinal Colloquium, said, “Students get experience in presenting their work to a very diverse audience. Many students have already presented elsewhere, but usually to an audience of students or experts in their field. The audience at the Colloquium was a