Wellesley Presents 23rd Annual Ruhlman Conference Celebrating Student Research and Scholarship

Five students speak into microphones at the beginning of the Ruhlman Conference.
May 1, 2019

On May 1, Wellesley will hold its 23rd Annual Ruhlman Conference highlighting student research projects in the social sciences, humanities, and science and technology. The conference, funded by the Barbara Peterson Ruhlman Fund for Interdisciplinary Study, encourages collaboration between students and faculty and intellectual engagement with a broader audience.

The public event will include artistic performances, research posters, panel discussions, and exhibitions on topics ranging from community responses to climate change to the culture of reproduction to inventing languages. The communal nature of the conference aims to encourage research as an ongoing and collaborative conversation.

The conference will take place in various buildings on the Academic Quad: Founders Hall, Green Hall, Pendleton Hall, the Jewett Arts Center, and Collins Cinema. Information about specific talks and a schedule of events are available through Guidebook online or through the downloadable mobile app.

The Ruhlman Conference will also include finalist presentations for the Jacqueline Loewe Fowler ’47 Prize in Public Speaking, established by the Anne. E. Maurer ’51 Public Speaking Program. This year’s finalists’ presentations are as follows:

Nathalie Boduc ’19: Feeding a Warming World: Food Security Under the Conditions of Climate Change [PNE-239 Soc Sci Session 1 (9:15)]

Angela Coco ’19: Cause, Course, and Consequence: The Punic Wars (264 BCE to 146 BCE) [PNE-239 Humanities Session 3 (1:30)]

Sophie Coppieters 't Wallant ’21: Exploring Quantum Effects in Nanocrystals

[PNE-239 Science Session 2 (10:45)]

Alexandra (Ali) Saueressig ’19: Calderwood Seminars in Public Writing: Engaging Interviews

[PNE-239 Soc Sci Session 4 (3:00)]


With reporting by Lucy Norton ’21