2019 marked the 25th anniversary of Scholarship Sewanee, the university’s annual celebration of student scholarship, research, and creativity. Scholarship Sewanee began in 1994 as “Scientific Sewanee,” a half-day poster session held at the end of the spring semester. In its early years, approximately 40 posters affiliated with the sciences were on display. Scholarship Sewanee 2019  featured 105 posters and 53 oral presentations representing biology, physics, chemistry, earth and environmental systems, psychology, politics, economics, English, history, visual arts, and more, throughout the day. 

Scholarship Sewanee 2020 was virtual, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Research posters and recorded talks may be found in the digital archives, DSpace

This year, Scholarship Sewanee will occur on Friday, May 7. Thirty-three students will be giving oral presentations (all but 3 of which will be in person), and 51 students will be sharing their research insights by means of posters. Students have been asked to display their posters and video explanations online early next week, but please be sure to chat with the students during the actual poster session from 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm on May 7. The complete schedule of oral presentations and the poster exhibits may be found at this virtual conference site

The McCrady lecture will be virtual and will occur at 7:30 pm on Thursday, May 6. This year's lecturer (carried over from last year) is Dr. Katharine Wilkinson, C'05, an author, strategist, teacher, and one of 15 “women who will save the world,” according to Time magazine. Her books on climate include the new bestseller All We Can Save, The Drawdown Review, the New York Times bestseller Drawdown, and Between God & Green. She co-founded and leads The All We Can Save Project with Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson, in support of feminist climate leadership. Dr. Wilkinson also co-hosts the podcast A Matter of Degrees, telling stories for the climate curious with Dr. Leah Stokes. Previously, she was the principal writer and editor-in-chief at Project Drawdown. She speaks widely, including a TED Talk on climate and gender equality with more than 1.9 million views. A former Rhodes Scholar, Dr. Wilkinson holds a doctorate in geography and environment from Oxford. Her talk will be entitled  All We Can Save: Leading on Climate with Truth, Courage, and Solutions.


For additional information about undergraduate research at Sewanee, please contact the Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarship.