Richard J Cook – Teresa M Lahti Scholars Symposium

2024 Schedule of Events

All Allegheny Community members (students, family & friends, faculty/staff/administrators, and Meadville community members) are invited to join as we gather to celebrate student research, scholarship, and creative activities on campus. The Cook-Lahti Scholars Symposium will take place on Tuesday April 30th, 2024 in various locations throughout the day. However, there are a number of Affiliated Scholars Symposium events that are taking place in the days leading up to the main event. Please view the schedule of events below and keep in mind that this website will be updated as we add, revise, and finalize details… so please be sure to check back frequently.

For more information, please contact Dr. Matthew Venesky (, Director of URSCA.

Monday April 22nd-Wednesday April 24th

Biology Department Senior Project Symposium. 1:00PM-4:30PM, various rooms in Steffee Hall of Life Sciences

The Department of Biology is pleased to host its 26th Annual Senior Project Symposium to celebrate the biological research accomplishments of the Class of 2023. All members of the college community are invited and welcome to attend. Juniors, sophomores, and freshmen who are majoring or intending to major in Biology are especially encouraged to attend and participate. Follow this link for the full schedule of Biology Senior Presentations.

Tuesday April 30th 

Mentor Breakfast (RSVP Required). 10:00AM-11:00AM, Campus Center Lobby

Are you a first or second year student interested in opportunities to engage in research, internships, civic engagement, or other Allegheny opportunities like these? Would you like to talk with students, faculty, or staff who have participated in such opportunities in the past? If so, please complete this Google Form to RSVP for the Scholars Symposium Mentor Breakfast. The Mentor Breakfast is a casual, catered breakfast where first year and second year students can mingle and talk with graduating seniors, professors, and representatives from the Maytum Center for Student Success about how to get involved in these opportunities at Allegheny.

Student Spotlight Session. 11:00AM-12:30PM, Campus Center

During this session, students from across all years and disciplines will present research projects and creative activities that they have completed during the 2022-2023 academic year. Recognizing that the outcome of scholarship doesn’t always fit nicely on an academic poster, we’ll have student projects being presented concurrently in various locations in the Campus Center — be sure to check out all of the different venues during this session!

Session 1.

Session 2.

Keynote Session. 1:00PM-2:00PM, Tillotson Room of the Tippie Alumni Center

Senior Project Poster Session. 2:15PM-3:45PM, Main Floor of the Pelletier Library

For the past 18 years, Allegheny College has held a Senior Project Poster Symposium to highlight work from nominated students across all departments and programs. At this session, you can learn about research and scholarly activities from graduating seniors in the humanities, natural and social sciences, interdisciplinary pursuits, as well as seniors that have participated in internships, civic engagement projects, and international experiences. More information about this event will be provided in April. Light refreshments will be provided.

Honors Convocation. 4:00PM-5:00PM, Ford Chapel

At this special ceremony, student prizes are announced and awarded by representatives of all the departments and programs at Allegheny College. In addition, the valedictorian of the 2024 graduating class will speak.

Final Poster Viewing. 5:00PM-6:00PM, Main Floor of the Pelletier Library

We invite you back to the Main floor of the Pelletier Library after the Honors Convocation for one last chance to mingle, look at posters, chat with colleagues, and to celebrate student success and scholarship during the 2023-2024 academic year. Light refreshments will be provided.

Senior Project Film Screening. 7:00PM-8:30PM, Gladys Mullenix Black Theatre in the Vukovich Center

Please join us in the Gladys Mullinix Black Theatre for a screening of senior project films conceived and produced by students across several academic programs: