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High school, college student submissions welcome for virtual Symposium on the Environment

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Posted on Thursday, November 12, 2020

Westminster College is calling for students from regional educational institutions to submit their environmental research, projects and creative works for the 2020 Student Symposium on the Environment to be held virtually Thursday, Dec. 3. Deadline to submit entry material is Friday, Nov. 20.

Environmental study, research, artistic expression, and service work, and internships are all welcomed forms of submissions to the symposium. Students from all disciplines, ranging from high school through graduate school, are encouraged to participate.

For this year’s event, all submissions will be in the format of a 2-3 minute video. A dedicated YouTube channel will house the video showcase, using the comments feature to encourage dialog between the viewers and student presenters.

Accepted video submissions will be showcased on a dedicated YouTube channel from Nov. 30 to Dec. 2. Select student presenters, including viewer choice awardees, will have the opportunity to give a brief presentation of their work during the live, virtual event on Zoom from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3.

“The pandemic is forcing us to get creative, and the Symposium is no exception,” said Dr. Helen Boylan, Symposium organizer and director for the Center of the Environment.  “The virtual format offers the opportunity for broader participation from both presenters and audience members.”

A virtual environmental employment roundtable for undergraduate and graduate students seeking employment or internships will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3.

The symposium is sponsored by the Center for the Environment at Westminster College and the Slippery Rock Watershed Coalition.

To submit a video, please visit

For more information about submitting a video, the environmental employment roundtable or the symposium, contact the coordinators of the symposium at

The public is welcome to attend, but individuals must request access by emailing