Academics: Research Programs

Research Day

Showcasing the  Integrated Learning Experience at Spelman College

The 2015 Research Day theme is “Inquire . . . Discover. . . Imagine . . . Explore . . . Create.”

“Those five words are the hallmark and theme of every Research Day, as they best represent the institution’s commitment to inquiry-based, student-centered, integrated learning,” said Carmen Sidbury, Ph.D., associate provost for research.

This year, for the first time, Research Day will practice the Sustainable Spelman model by incorporating, a digital program guide to disseminate information about the event. The traditional paper program guide will go digital in an effort to save both paper and money and model an experience comparable to other present-day conferences and symposiums, noted Dr. Sidbury.

Research Day is free and open to the public. The event is co-chaired by Mark E. Lee, Ph.D., chair and associate professor, Department of Biology; and Kathleen E. Phillips Lewis, Ph.D., chair and associate professor, Department of History. For more information, call 404-270-5706.

View Research Abstracts

 Go to the Digital Program Guide HERE Now

Closing Ceremony

An award ceremony celebrating student achievement will take place at 3:30 p.m. in the Camille Olivia Hanks Cosby, Ed.D., Academic Center Auditorium. A closing reception will immediately follow in the lobby.



Friday, April 17, 2015
9 a.m.- 5 p.m.


Spelman College
GPS Address: 440 Westview Drive, Atlanta 30310
Research Day will be held at various locations across campus.


According to Dr. Phillips Lewis, “the increase in Research Day presentations representing cross-disciplinary collaboration in scholarship and research indicates that, increasingly, Spelman students are coming to recognize that the big questions of today, at the global, national, and local levels, can only be truly solved by cross, multi and interdisciplinary inquiry, and collaboration, toward integrated, holistic solutions.

The Research Day experience gives Spelman students the experience they need to propel themselves onto a more public and grander stage as academics, scholars and researchers in their own right.”

Colin "Topper" Carew

The keynote speaker will be Colin “Topper” Carew, filmmaker, artist, screenwriter and visiting scholar at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Media Lab. Carew’s portfolio of work is representative of how technology is used to harness the integrated power of STEAM (STEM – science, technology, engineering and mathematics – and the Arts).