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Research Day

Showcasing Our Integrated Learning Experience

Inquire . . . Discover. . . Imagine . . . Explore . . . Create

As the hallmark and theme of every Research Day, these five words -- inquire, discover, imagine, explore and create -- best represent Spelman's commitment to inquiry-based, student-centered, integrated learning.

Research Day 2017 at Spelman College

This year, over 220 abstracts were submitted and approved. The presentations represented 25 academic disciplines as well as each academic division on campus. Such a range of disciplinary perspectives indicates our belief in the benefits of a liberal arts education. 

As an institution, we have been intentional in implementing pedagogical approaches that promote undergraduate research including, but not limited to, student-centered learning, as well as deliberately-structured approaches to specific learning outcomes. Our students are making strides and exploring cutting-edge innovations in robotics, digital and information technology, data mining, as well as laboratory and field research.  

As the ambit expands, students’ research interests are no longer constricted by clearly-delineated disciplinary boundaries. Our students truly understand the role that global education and interdisciplinary plays in the generation of new knowledge.

2017 Winners

Disclaimer:  The opinions expressed as part of Research Day are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views, opinions, position, policy or endorsement of Spelman College. 

2017 Winners


Friday, April 21, 2017
7:30 a.m.- 5 p.m.


Spelman College
GPS Address: 440 Westview Drive, Atlanta, Georgia 30310

Research Day will be held at various locations across campus.




Free and open to the public.

The event is co-chaired by Dolores Bradley Brennan, Ph.D., interim vice provost, director of undergraduate research and professor of psychology; and Marionette Holmes, Ph.D., chair of economics and associate professor of economics.


Hazel Dean
Hazel D. Dean, Sc.D., M.P.H.,
Deputy Director of the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention
U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention
Research Day

Program Cover Art Designer:  Kirsten Bray, C’2018, Psychology Major

Blue Girl, the artistic interpretation of Research Day 2017, was inspired by Kirsten Bray’s fellow Spelmanites whose projects challenge them to question, discover and create new solutions or bring awareness to certain aspects of their fields of study. This drawing captures the sense of wonder that drives the spirit of this event.


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