Student Technology, Arts & Research Symposium

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2018 Symposium Keynote Speakers

Chen Chen PhotoThursday April 5, 7:00 P.M.
Brookens Auditorium

Chen Chen

Chen Chen is the author of When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities (BOA Editions), which won the Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize and was longlisted for the 2017 National Book Award for poetry. A Kundiman and Lambda Literary Fellow, Chen has also authored two chapbooks. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Poetry, The New York Times Magazine, Poem-a-Day, Best of the Net, The Best American Poetry, Bettering American Poetry, and The Best American Nonrequired Reading. He has been featured on the PBS Newshour and He helps edit Iron Horse and Gabby. He also works on a new journal called Underblong, which he co-founded with the poet Sam Herschel Wein. Chen received his MFA from Syracuse University and is currently pursuing a PhD in English and Creative
Writing at Texas Tech University.

Rashawn Ray Photo

Friday April 6, 1:00 P.M.
Student Union

Rashawn Ray

Dr. Rashawn Ray is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Maryland, College Park. Ray obtained a Ph.D. in Sociology from Indiana University in 2010. From 2010-2012 he was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Research Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley/UCSF. He is the author of Race and Ethnic Relations in the 21st Century: History, Theory, Institutions, and Policy. His work has appeared in journals including the Annual Review of Public Health, Journal of Urban Health, American Education Research Journal, Ethnic and Racial Studies, and the Journal of Contemporary Ethnography. Ray has a forthcoming book, Bordering Chaos: Family and Work in a Racially-Diverse America, with Dr. Pam Jackson. Previously, Ray served on the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington Planning Committee. Ray is a frequent contributor to the New York Times and has also written for Huffington Post.

STARS Core Planning Team

Brytton Bjorngaard
Assistant Professor of Visual Arts, Art, Music, and Theatre Department
VPA 129    206-7547    Email:

Tammy Craig
Career Specialist, Online Learning
BRK 425    206-8379    Email:

Keenan Dungey
Associate Vice Chancellor for Research and Institutional Effectiveness
& Associate Professor, Chemistry Department
PAC 525    206-7345    Email:

Tom Rothfus 
Director, Therkildsen Field Station at Emiquon
UHB 3031    206-7418    Email:

Frances Shen
Associate Professor, Psychology Department
UHB 3128    206-7270    Email:

Brian Moore Administrative Clerk Undergraduate Research Support Program Office

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STARS Faculty Outreach Team

Egbe Egiebor
Assistant Professor, Public Health Department
PAC 320    206-8146    Email:

Mark Klingshirn
Director, Capital Scholars Honors Program
& Associate Professor, Chemistry Department
VPA 64    206-7469    Email:

Tiffani Saunders
Lecturer, Sociology/Anthropology Department
UHB 3019    206-8335.  Email:

Karen Swan
Professor, Educational Leadership Department
UHB 4077    206-7424    Email:

Abigail Walsh
Applied Music Specialist, Art, Music, and Theatre Department
VPA 49    206-7549    Email: