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Virtual Student Symposium on the Environment

On-line Video Showcase (via YouTube)
Monday, November 30 - Wednesday, December 2

Virtual Environmental Employment Roundtable (via Zoom)
Thursday, December 3, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Virtual Symposium: Live Student Presentations & Award Announcements (via Zoom*)
Thursday December 3, 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Video submissions are due by November 20, 2020, via the submission portal below

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


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.

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. 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.

All submissions will be evaluated by volunteer judges, and cash prizes will be awarded in multiple categories during the live, virtual event.

A virtual employment initiative is included in this year’s Symposium, and students seeking environmental jobs or internships are encouraged to register for the event via Handshake using this link. (If your school does not have access to Handshake, please email for access to the Virtual Environmental Employer Roundtable.)


2019 Award Winners

Honorable Mention Environmental Project

Best Project Poster

Julia Serbati, Westminster College

"No More Wasting Away: The Reduction of Food Waste and Plastics at Westminster College"
Honorable Mention Environmental Project

Honorable Mention Project Poster

Stephanie Van Horn, Westminster College

"Population decline of American kestrels (Falco sparverius): a demographic study"
Best Research Poster

Best Research Poster

Bailey Dunks and Kayla Troxil, Westminster College

"A review of risks and management options for cat colonies in suburban and urban areas"
Honorable Mention Research Poster

Honorable Mention Research Poster

Laura Fox, Westminster College

"Influence of seasonal land use on breeding site selection and reproductive success of American kestrels in western Pennsylvania"
Best Oral Presentation

Best Oral Presentation

Taylor Rosso, Duquesne University

"Sulfate Reduction Using an Encapsulated Growth Environment" (2nd from left)
Honorable Mention Oral Presentation

Honorable Mention Oral Presentation

Haley Moore, Duquesne University

"Characterizing Coqui Frogs in Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens" (1st from left)
Best High School Project

Best High School Project

Ashley Milleson and Tyler Dickson, Greenville High School

"Linking Acorn Parasitism Rates with Wood Duck Densities"
Honorable Mention High School Project

Honorable Mention High School Project

Skylar Swartz, Greenville High School

"Web Area as a Predictor of Yellow Garden Spider Size"