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LAKELAND, Fla. (April 29, 2021) – In an effort to foster an environment where students and faculty collaborate to further academic research in the arts and science, Florida Southern College today is hosting the Fiat Lux and Fall Academic Showcase for spring 2021. For over 20 years, FSC students have gathered at the end of each semester to present and discuss their scholarly research, conducted in partnership with their faculty advisors. The event will run from 2 p.m. to approximately 7:30 p.m.

Fiat Lux, which takes its name from a Latin phrase meaning “Let there be light,” is a celebration of recent collaborative research by more than 80 students. Their presentations will represent academic work from 18 different areas of study within several of the College’s disciplines – including biology, chemistry, communication, economics and finance, English, exercise science, and nursing.

Similarly to the Fiat Lux in fall 2020, the event is being conducted virtually.

Scheduled presentations will cover a wide array of topics, including eyewitness reliability, paternal postpartum depression, Islamophobia, the consequences of rural flight in Arkansas, and the treatment and management of cystic fibrosis through aerobic and resistance training.

“Fiat Lux is one of my favorite events because it gives students the opportunity to showcase completed research as well as research in progress,” said Dr. Melanie Fowler, who worked collaboratively as a faculty mentor with Kira Freijo, a psychology major who will present her honors proposal, “Conceal, Don’t Reveal: The Effect of LGBTQ+ College Students Hiding Their Identity.” Freijo’s proposed study will research the relationship between students’ identity concealment and their academic performance and college involvement.

“Kira and I met several times a month over the course of the semester to develop her research proposal,” said Dr. Fowler, an assistant professor of education. “It was very rewarding to see her ideas take shape. I always look forward to meeting with her, because it’s an opportunity for us to learn from each other.”

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Founded in 1883, Florida Southern College is the oldest private college in the state. It maintains its commitment to academic excellence through 70+ undergraduate programs and distinctive graduate programs in business administration, education, nursing, and physical therapy. Florida Southern has a 14:1 student-to-faculty ratio; is an award-winning national leader in engaged learning; and boasts 30 NCAA Division II national championships. It is ranked among the top 10 Regional Universities in the South by U.S. News & World Report in its 2021 “Best Colleges” guide, and is included in The Princeton Review’s 2021 “386 Best Colleges” guide, the “Fiske Guide to Colleges 2021,” and Forbes magazine’s “America’s Top Colleges.” Home to the world’s largest single-site collection of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture, FSC was twice named “Most Beautiful Campus in the Nation” by The Princeton Review, and one of the nation’s “Ten College Campuses with the Best Architecture” by Architectural Digest. Connect with Florida Southern College.

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