Sherri Martin, Online Student and STARS Presenter
Sherri Martin, whose mentor was Dr. Lan Dong, presented on “Oppression within Oppression: A Feminist Reading of The House on Mango Street.” (Scroll down on this list of 2014 Student Presentations to find Sherri’s name and then find her portion on the linked video.)
I heard about the Symposium from an English professor of mine, Lan Dong. She had asked me if I would be interested in presenting. Since I had previously presented for my last college, I jumped at the chance.
I know the value of these experiences and recommend that others follow suit. It not only looks good for your academic record, but your resume, too.
Personally, I wanted to improve my current skills as much as I wanted to demonstrate those I already had. Plus, I am an English major, which means, for me, that I love to share my theories and research concerning the books I love to read.
Since I live in Fremont, Ohio, I was given the opportunity to present via the internet. Of course, my husband and I love to travel and do so frequently. Thus, we had no problem coming to Springfield so I could present in person. I had a blast and would not trade the experience for anything. I loved being able to see the campus first hand and meeting some of my professors, too.
Essentially, the Symposium and the experienced offered was terrific and I am so grateful for having had the chance.
*UIS does have limited funds for online students to travel to Springfield to present at STARS in person. Please speak with your prospective mentor/professor about applying for these funds.