Linguist to keynote 11th annual USF Research Symposium

March 26, 2019

April 30 will mark the 11th annual University of Sioux Falls Research Symposium—an event that showcases the academic excellence of undergraduate students at USF. This year’s keynote speaker will be Dr. Joshua Pope, a Hispanic linguistics professor at Doane University in Crete, Nebraska.

As Spanish language usage surpasses 53 million speakers in the United States, Dr. Pope’s research is timely. Dr. Pope will highlight his research on Spanish language learning and why some people have more success than others during study abroad experiences. While the focus is on University and high school study abroad opportunities, there will be takeaways for the general public as well.

“Dr. Pope’s research on the importance of cultural competence is a timely topic,” said Dr. Sarah Sinnott, organizer of the research symposium and assistant professor of Spanish at USF. “The workforce today values employees with greater cultural competence and experience abroad. It is our desire at USF to equip our students to be salt and light in the world by building awareness of diversity and readying students for collaborative engagement across frontiers of ethnicity, economic status and religion.”

The symposium offers undergraduate students and faculty from different disciplines the opportunity to cultivate relationships and grow as scholars. The event is another good opportunity for students to hone professional skills, especially rhetorical abilities in speaking and writing.

Kelsie Sanders, a senior psychology major and honors student, is presenting her research on dementia therapy at the symposium.

“Participating in the research symposium allows me to explore ideas outside of my classroom learning and share them with others,” Sanders said.

The symposium will be held 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 30, 2019, in the Cleveland Professional Development Center. Dr. Pope’s keynote begins at noon. The event is free and open to the public.

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