Celebration of Creative Inquiry /
Spring Science Research Symposium


The Celebration of Creative Inquiry and the Spring Science Research Symposium (formerly Sigma Xi Symposium) are campus-wide forums to publicly share the creative inquiry of students from Gustavus Adolphus College. The Celebration of Creative Inquiry is a poster presentation event open to students from all disciplines, while the Science Science Research Symposium offers an opportunity for students in the sciences to give a 15-minute talk on their research project. These events are held on the Friday before Honors Weekend. “Creative inquiry” is an intentionally broad term that encompasses research and scholarship including, in the arts, exhibits or performances. We invite all Gustavus students engaged in creative inquiry to participate. Students can participate in both events.

Abstract submission for Spring 2019 forthcoming.

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Creative inquiry may emerge from...

  • a class assignment or project.
  • off-campus projects or internships.
  • student-faculty collaborative research or creative projects.
  • independent student research or creative projects.
  • the work of extra-curricular student organizations.

The definition of creative inquiry varies by discipline; it includes...

  • asking a question that has not been asked before.
  • attempting to fill a gap in knowledge, or to create new knowledge, information, art, or expression.
  • a process or product that requires the student to add ideas or imagination of their own.
  • a project that is shaped by choices the student made independently.
  • critical reflection.