About Us

Made possible by the Barbara Peterson Ruhlman Fund for Interdisciplinary Study, the Ruhlman Conference is intended to foster collaboration among students and faculty across the disciplines and to enhance the intellectual life of the College. The event will provide an opportunity for students, faculty, staff, friends, family, and alumnae to come together in celebration of student achievement.

The conference celebrates intellectual life by sponsoring a communal, public event where students will have an opportunity to present their work to an unusually wide audience. By providing an opportunity for public presentation of what is often a private, isolated activity, the conference will demonstrate that research can be part of the ongoing conversation in a community of scholars.

Attentive to the diversity of student interest and accomplishment, the Ruhlman Conference will include a variety of formats for the presentation of student work: papers, panels, posters, exhibitions, musical and theatrical performances, and readings of original work.



Ruhlman Conference Program Committee


  • Laura Adamczyk, Parent & Family Programs
  • Mwangala Akamandisa, Class of 2015
  • Pauline Carpenter, Resources
  • Kristen Gallagher, Office of the Provost and Dean of the College
  • Joy Playter, Office of the Class Deans
  • Mala Radhakrishnan, Chemistry
  • Erin Richardson, Computing and Media Support
  • Orit Shaer, Computer Science
  • Mingwei Song, East Asian Languages & Cultures
  • Rebeccah Sparkes, Office of the Provost and Dean of the College
  • Jay Turner, Environmental Studies
  • Amy Wickett, Class of 2016