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2021 Hybrid Student Symposium on the Environment

 View Online Video Showcase of ALL Presentations (via YouTube)

Monday, November 29 - Thursday, December 2

Live Poster Presentation

Thursday, December 2, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Photo Contest (Online and Live)

Monday November 29 - Thursday, December 2, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

Live Oral Presentations

Thursday, December 2, 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm


The Student Symposium on the Environment is hosted each December by Westminster College to highlight environmental study, research, artistic expression, and service work being done by students in the region. Individual, group, and class projects are welcome. Students from all disciplines, ranging from high school through graduate school, are encouraged to participate. Research posters, art work, oral presentations, and even performances are welcome.

This year’s symposium features a new submission category: photo gallery and contest. We are also seeking submissions that relate to the theme of environmental justice.

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

For those who wish to also participate in person, the face-to-face portion of the Symposium will take place on Thursday, December 2, 2021 at Westminster College, New Wilmington, PA, during an evening symposium.

In accordance with guidelines from the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the 2021 Student Symposium on the Environment will require that all participants in its in-person event – including, but not limited to, presenters, attendees, exhibitors, staff, and guests – be fully vaccinated. Attendees must also be fully masked at all times.

All submissions will be evaluated by volunteer judges, and awards (cash prizes) will be announced in multiple categories during the in-person event.

All submissions are due by November 16, 2021, via the submission portal below.

 Tips for making your video.

All Symposium participants will be eligible to take part in a future employment and internship initiative. Look for an email with additional information.



2020 Award Winners

Ecosystem Investigations ~ Best Video

Ecosystem Investigations ~ Best Video

Nicholas Leo & Gena Carter, Chatham University

“Stream health assessment of the Buffalo Creek watershed through macroinvertebrate sampling”

Adviser: Dr. Ryan Utz

Ecosystem Investigations ~ Honorable Mention

Ecosystem Investigations ~ Honorable Mention

Erin Ward, Blaine Sorrick, Taylor Williams, Grace Snyder, Victoria Lisbon, & John Cybak, Westminster College

“The Effects of Heavy Metals on Soil Macroinvertebrates at an Abandoned Pittsburgh Steel Mill”

Advisers: Dr. Patrick Krantz & Dr. Diana Ortiz

Environmental Education ~ Best Video

Environmental Education ~ Best Video

Taylor Williams, Westminster College

“Lawrence County Community Action Partnership Ag Lab Internship”

Adviser: Dr. Kerri Duerr

Environmental Education ~ Honorable Mention

Environmental Education ~ Honorable Mention

Zoe Husnick, Duquesne University

“Little Sewickley Creek Methods to Measure Sediment INSTRUCTIONAL VIDEO”

Advisers: Dr. Brady Porter and Dr. Elizabeth Dakin

Business, Policy, Society ~ Best Video

Business, Policy, Society ~ Best Video

Nicole Mackenstein, Dan Ritter, Zach Ramfos, & Michaela Hays, Westminster College

“BEE Westminster”

Advisers: Dr. Helen Boylan, Mr. Brian Petrus, & Dr. Alison DuBois

Business, Policy, Society ~ Honorable Mention

Business, Policy, Society ~ Honorable Mention

Gabbey Cionni, Hannah Pursel, Sean Davis, & Brock Barrett, Westminster College

“College Woods Maple Syrup”

Advisers: Dr. Helen Boylan, Mr. Brian Petrus, & Dr. Alison DuBois

Viewers’ Choice Award ~ Best Video

Viewers’ Choice Award ~ Best Video

Sierra Earle, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

“Diatom diversity, abundance, and richness variation among four different habitat types”

Adviser: Dr. Holly Travis

Viewers’ Choice Award ~ Honorable Mention

Viewers’ Choice Award ~ Honorable Mention

Erika Caldro, University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg

“Effects and Recovery of Sewickley Creek Watershed from Acid Mine Drainage”

Adviser: Dr. Timothy Savisky