Wheeling Jesuit Alumnus to Speak at University’s Annual Research Day on April 10

  WJU Communications
  Thursday, March 15, 2018 11:42 AM
  WJU News, Alumni

Wheeling, WV

Scholarly work of more than 100 Wheeling Jesuit students will be showcased during the university's 19th annual Student Research and Scholarship Symposium Tuesday, April 10.

research-day-web.jpgThe annual research symposium is a day for Wheeling Jesuit students in all majors to present their research and be judged for the work they have done. The day-long event will kick-off with an opening ceremony at 9 a.m., which includes a keynote presentation by WJU alumnus Brian Meyer.

"We're excited that this will be WJU's 19th annual Research and Scholarship Symposium. In all disciplines at WJU, scholarly activities are an essential component of the educational experience. Nothing more effectively demonstrates the value of these activities than the words and stories of the student participants themselves. The event will include oral presentations and poster sessions throughout the day, and culminate in the Haig Competition in the evening as students compete for a $2500 research award," said Dr. Bryan Raudenbush, director of Undergraduate Research and professor of Psychology at WJU. 

b.pngMeyer (at right), who received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from WJU in 2001, will offer “Roots and Equality: A Qualitative Study.”

His career began to crystalize in high school when he volunteered during his senior year as a boy’s foster home mentor. At WJU, he served as Dr. Raudenbush’s first research assistant, leading multiple students in the psychology department's first multi-student research lab by graduation.

After Master's work in school counseling at Appalachian State in North Carolina, he managed a talented and gifted youth program at Duke University, taught at a bilingual school in Honduras for a semester, returned to WJU as an adjunct for a semester, then moved to India to counsel students from around the globe at Woodstock International School for two years.

Upon return to the United States, Meyer spent most of the last decade in Portland, Oregon, where he has served as a street outreach social worker to homeless youth and founded Transformation in Arts, a school-based cultural arts non-profit organization for underserved youth.

Meyer currently serves as a public school counselor where he supports marginalized populations in one of the nation's most gentrified cities. His work focuses on delivering mindfulness curriculum across school populations and advocating for equitable treatment of students and families with respect to their ethnic, racial and economic origins.

"While most people are content to stay in a comfortable job, Brian consistently challenges himself with new adventures that have taken him all over the world. We are particularly happy to have him share his experiences with us during the Symposium," Dr. Raudenbush added.

Once again this year, undergraduates from all academic fields take part in the symposium and present their original research in both speech and poster format. Students then receive valuable feedback from faculty, students, administrators and others as they learn to defend their scholarly work.

“We invite members of the Wheeling community to visit campus April 10 to see the good work our students are doing and the impact they are making in society,” Dr. Raudenbush added.

A full schedule of presentations will begin at 10 a.m. with sessions being held during the morning and afternoon. Expositions include a 12:30-2 p.m. poster session in the Alma Grace McDonough Center. Check wju.edu/academics/symposium for a complete schedule of events.

The day ends with the annual competition for the Rev. Frank R. Haig, S.J. Science Award at 7 p.m., in the Acker Science Center auditorium. Senior finalists will compete for the Haig Award, with the winner announced at commencement on May 5. The Haig winner receives a medal, along with a $2,500 cash award.


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