April 23 REAL Symposium at Nichols College to showcase impactful projects by students, faculty

April 17, 2024

DUDLEY, Mass. – The College’s second annual Research, Experiential, and Applied Learning (REAL) Symposium will be held April 23. The day-long symposium serves to celebrate and highlight the many unique and impactful projects of Nichols students and faculty, both in and out of the classroom. Project presenters will share their research as well as experiential and applied learning experiences with the Nichols community.

“The REAL Symposium is a reflection of how Nichols develops and supports career-ready leaders. The emphasis we put on experiential learning ensures that our business and professional curriculum is dynamic and meaningful,” said Jean Beaupre, Ed.D., Dean of the School of Business at Nichols College and a lead organizer of the event. “We are eager to showcase our talented students and how they engage in a wide range of hands-on learning opportunities, a hallmark of the Nichols College academic experience.”

Attendees can choose from a wide variety of presentations, panel discussions and poster sessions. The full slate for this year’s events includes more than 70 presentations, featuring over 150 student presenters and involving over 30 faculty and staff.

Throughout the day, presentations and discussions will highlight experiential learning opportunities at Nichols, including the Bison Consulting Group, student-run Dudley Hill Golf Club, Super Bowl practicum, and Thunder Fund, as well as projects in real estate development, product innovation and emerging technologies applications in various business and educational challenges, to name a few.

Student research in a range of disciplines will address a variety of topics, from the effects of transformational leadership on Gen Z to youth soccer models between the U.S. and Europe to the psychology of terrorism to the women’s suffrage movement, among others. Faculty research will also be spotlighted, with topics in human resources, peer coaching, deep learning and other areas.

The Symposium will kick off with a panel discussion, “Alumni Insights: Experiential Learning & Career Readiness,” featuring early career alumni. Panelists include: RJ LeBrun ’19, Territory Manager at United Construction & Forestry; Mackenzie McDonald ’20, Case Manager at Pembroke Hospital; Kate Shannon ’19, Senior Strategic Marketing Specialist at Charles River Laboratories; Richard Vazquez ’19, Forensic & Integrity Services Senior at Ernst & Young.

A second plenary panel, “How Hands-On Learning Impacted My Academic Path,” will feature student panelists.

For a detailed listing of REAL Symposium events, please view: https://www.nichols.edu/wp-content/uploads/2024/04/REAL-2024-PROCEEDINGS.pdf

You can also visit the College’s REAL Symposium webpage for more information.

About Nichols College  

Nichols College has earned business accreditation from the prestigious Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International), the longest serving global accrediting body for business schools and the largest business education network connecting learners, educators, and businesses worldwide. Founded in 1815, Nichols College transforms today’s students into tomorrow’s leaders through a dynamic, career-focused business and professional education. Nichols offers real-world learning focused on professional depth – combined with vibrant living, competitive athletics, and an unmatched alumni advantage – equipping students to exceed their own expectations. To learn more about Nichols College, visit www.nichols.edu.  

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