The Student Lecture Series (SLS) is an opportunity for Honors Program students to share their research and expertise with the academic community of AASU. Student's senior projects are often the topics of the lectures, and these projects are the result of independent research and months of work.
How did we get this started?
At AASU, we have a faculty lecture series, where faculty members share their research or expertise. Some students of the Honors program had the idea to allow students to do the same thing, and what better place to sponsor it than in the Honors Program, since the seniors already had to prepare projects, and these students should have the opportunity of sharing their work in public. We had our first lecture in the spring of 2006, with an English major's analysis of the works of Salman Rushdie. Since then, several lectures on diverse topics have been given each semester.
How does it work?
Any student with any area of expertise is welcome to talk with the Honors president or director about giving a lecture. They are held at AASU, and open to anyone who wishes to attend. The lectures are from 20 minutes to an hour, with a time for questions afterward.
What do students get out of the SLS?
The presenters get invaluable expertise in presenting and defending their research. The attendees have the opportunity to hear interesting presentations, get ideas on how they can perform their own research, and learn to participate actively in an academic community (and eat free food!)