Students Present Original Research and Performances During CoSA

Students across all disciplines are sharing their original research, performances, internship experiences, and community service partnerships during the 12th annual Celebration of Student Achievement (CoSA) on April 18 and 19.

CoSA is a culmination of months of hard work in which more than 350 students will show off their accomplishments to their peers from all over campus, regardless of their academic department.

Several performances from students representing the departments of theater and dance, and film studies departments will kick off CoSA on Tuesday, April 18, beginning at 4 p.m. Arthur Robinson ’17 is presenting the play Argos Burning: A Study in Political Theater Through the Ages. Robinson has described his project as a focus on “politically driven theater and what techniques are used to convey messages about society and how it affects living in society.”

“In particular, my play deals with the ideas of violence: social, political, oppressive, interpersonal, and ultimately self-violence and how it affects us,” he says. The project has been in the works since his Summer Fellows research when he was studying adaptations of the Orestes myth and then eventually developed over the course of a year-long independent study with his mentor Domenick Scudera, a professor of theater.

On Wednesday, presentations include detecting boron on Mars using the Curiosity rover; cover crop diversity; vascular health; international relations; modern dance; community service initiatives and much more.

Psychology major Aina Lusis ’17 is presenting on “The Effect of Learning Disabilities on Visual or Auditory Learning.” Lusis has been working on her theory that “different types of learning techniques could be connected to sensory disabilities, such as those with auditory disabilities are more likely to be visual learners and those with visual disabilities are more likely auditory learners,” she says.

For a complete listing of presentations, visit —By Mary Lobo ’15