RIO GRANDE, Ohio – Two University of Rio Grande senior honors students earned special recognition for their individual poster projects during the annual Mid-East Honors Association conference in Richmond, Ind.
Adam Johnson and Klaire Smith had the opportunity to present their senior projects at the conference. Dr. Heather Duda, Honors Program director, said the MEHA conference is a localized event by the National Collegiate Honors Council.
“The NCHC parceled out the country into areas, and each one has its own group of states that host a smaller, more affordable conference for undergraduates to attend,” Duda said. “It’s a great opportunity for students to network with others from colleges in their region, and I’m so excited Klaire and Adam had the chance to present this year.”
The conference judges the poster projects students submit. Johnson, a computer science major said his poster on a website he is designing as part his senior honors project called PolyFruit, a social media platform for artists to share their work, won third place at the event.
“This was my first year going to MEHA, so it was really cool to get the opportunity to present my work,” Johnson said. “I was competing against larger universities in our region, and I was honored to place third and be able to prove Rio is on a competitive level with the bigger schools.”
Smith, a visual arts major, presented her art exhibition, Worship/Power: A Conversation on Rhetoric, Women, and Creative Processes, as a slideshow at the conference. She said her goal of the project was to focus on the use of rhetoric and the power it can yield, particularly when looking at the oppression of women.
“I was really excited to be able to present my work at MEHA,” Smith said. “This is my senior project, and it took about a year to complete. I was amazed to hear I had been accepted to speak and other people want to see my work. Rio has really prepared me for something like this. My professors have played a large role in teaching me to be a professional academic.”
Duda and junior Matt Blair also went to the conference to support the seniors. She said next year her students will travel to Ypsilanti, Mich., for the conference.
Jessica Patterson is a communications specialist for the University of Rio Grande and Rio Grande Community College.