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Sharing research is an important part of being a scholar. Many of our students work with faculty on independent studies, far more carry out original and independent research in their classes, and some have begun attending and participating in conferences.

The REL Honors Research Symposium aims to provide an opportunity for students to present their original research, hopefully in preparation for later participating in other conferences. This event is intended to contribute to campus-wide research initiatives, so we encourage students who participate in the Honors Research Symposium to apply to the University of Alabama's Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Conference.


2016-17 REL Honors Research Symposium

Wednesday, March 29, 2017
9:30am-12:30pm

in Gorgas 205

This year's 4th Annual Research Symposium is a part of the Department's 50th Anniversary celebrations.

Talk to your REL professor if you're interested in presenting your work this year.

Thanks to Prof. Bagger for organizing this event.


2015-16 REL Honors Research Symposium

Thursday, March 10, 2016
Session I begins at 9:30
Session II begins at 11:00

in the Forum Room (3700) of the Ferguson Student Center

Our Spring 2016 Speakers Will Be...

Session I

Joey Clarke is a senior majoring in Communication Studies and Religious Studies. He will be presenting his paper "Religion and the Construction of Identity."

Anna Davis is a senior majoring in Geography and Religious Studies. She will be presenting her paper "Islamic Tolerance: Religious Freedom in the United States."

Madeleine Lewis is a junior majoring in Computer Science and Religious Studies. She will be presenting her paper "Institutional Identity and Queer Politics."

Caity Walker is a sophomore majoring in Anthropology and Religious Studies. She will be presenting her paper "Spiritual Marketplace: Simplifying Agency and Individual Choice."

Session II

Sarah Griswold is a senior majoring in Math and Religious Studies. She will be presenting her paper "There is a Well at Cawnpore: The Politics of Commemoration in Colonial India." In addition, her paper was selected for presentation at the undergraduate panel of the annual meeting of SECSOR.

Liz Long is a senior majoring in Psychology and Religious Studies. She will be presenting her paper "Feminism, Power, and the LDS Church: The Glorification of Eliza Snow and the Excommunication of Kate Kelly."

Jared Powell is a senior majoring in English and Religious Studies. He will be presenting his paper "And the Beat Goes On: Imaginings and Retellings of Han Shan by Gary Snyder and Jack Kerouac." His paper was also selected for presentation at the undergraduate panel of SECSOR.

Thanks to Prof. Bagger for organizing this event.


2014-15 REL Honors Research Symposium

Wednesday, March 4, 2015
First Panel 9:00-9:45
Second panel 10:30-11:45

in the Forum Room (360) of the Ferguson Student Center

Our Spring 2015 Speakers Will Be...

Jordan Atkinson is a senior majoring in History and minoring in Religious Studies. He will be presenting his paper "A Tale of Two Empires: A Postcolonial Perspective on Paul's Letter to the Philippians."

Mark Ortiz is a senior majoring in New College and Religious Studies. He will be presenting his paper "Sorcerous Subjects: The Puerto Rican Syndrome and the Construction of 'Juan Q. Citizen.'"

Jared Powell is a junior majoring in English and Religious Studies. He will be presenting his paper "Shakti Pithas: Sacred Tools for Not-So-Sacred Ends."

Nicholas Starnes is a senior majoring in Finance who has been working on his thesis with Dr. Finnegan. He will be presenting his paper "Managing Risk for Global Business through an Investigation of Orientalism: Terrorism, Islam, and the Middle East."

Emily Vork is a sophomore majoring in History and Religious Studies. She will be presenting a paper "Reconstructing the 'Southern Belle': Nostalgia and Myth in Antebellum Plantation Narratives," which she completed as part of an independent study with Dr. Simmons.

Thanks to Prof. Finnegan for organizing this event.


2013-14 Inaugural REL Honors Research Symposium

3:30pm on Thursday, February 27, 2014
at the University Club (on the corner of Queen City Blvd and University Blvd;
business casual is the required dress for this event)

Thanks to Prof. Finnegan for organizing this event.

Our Spring 2014 Speakers Will Be...

Andie Alexander graduated from UA in fall 2012 with a BA in Religious Studies and History. She will be presenting her paper "Shifting the Focus" that she is also presenting next month at SECSOR.

Jordan Atkinson is a senior majoring in History and minoring in Religious Studies. He will present a paper that he has been working on in his course with Prof. Jacobs.

Seth Cox is a graduating senior majoring in Religious Studies and Philosophy. He will present a paper that he's been working on this semester in his class with Prof. Altman.

Wesley Davidson is a senior majoring in Religious Studies and minoring in Judaic Studies. He will present his independent study paper "Post-Holocaust Thought and the Reconstruction of Identities."

Katelyn Smith is a senior majoring in Anthropology and minoring in Religious Studies. She will be presenting her paper "Multigenerational Families and the Korean Church."