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HORIZONS Student Celebration


Sara Kitsch

Director of the Gerald & Carol Vovis Center for Research & Advanced Study

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999


Fax: 309-341-7166


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Knox students, from all academic disciplines, push themselves to their intellectual and artistic limits through independent research projects, senior capstone experiences, and the Honors Program. HORIZONS is a celebration of student research, scholarship, and creative work hosted by the Vovis Center. 

What is it exactly? In addition to being a "celebration," HORIZONS also functions as a small undergraduate research conference where students present their research and creative work to faculty, staff, peers, and the public. It is a great way to share your scholarly and creative undertakings, while gaining presentation experience.

When is it? HORIZONS 2020 has been postponed indefinitely.

How does it work? Last year we adapted what is known as the "Three Minute Thesis Competition" (3MT for short) as the format for HORIZONS. The 3MT was developed in 2008 at the University of Queensland. According to the University of Queensland's website, "The premise of the competition is to develop academic, presentation, and research communication skills. It supports the development of students' capacities to effectively explain their research in language appropriate to an intelligent but nonspecialist audience."1 There will not be an actual competition in our version, but students will be asked to prepare a very brief oral presentation, accompanied by a single "slide" as a visual aid.

Participating? See Student Information for HORIZONS for more information!

Interested in participating? Contact Sara Kitsch, Director of the Vovis Center ( 

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