Displays of research and creativity filled the Student Center at Eastern Connecticut State University on April 13 for the annual CREATE conference. CREATE stands for "Celebrating Research Excellence and Artistic Talent at Eastern," and is the University's premier undergraduate conference of the academic year.
Among the presenters was Sabrina Aragon '19 of Brookfield, who majors in Visual Arts. Aragon presented artwork titled "Eleven."
CREATE featured more than 200 students of all majors who led oral and poster presentations, panel discussions, music and dance performances, art and photography exhibitions, as well as documentary viewings and new-media demonstrations.
"This conference really cements our slogan that Eastern offers a 'liberal arts education, practically applied,'" said Brian Oakley, conference co-chair and professor of environmental earth science. "It's evident when you look around and see the breadth and depth of the work being done by our students."
"There is no event on campus more important than CREATE," affirmed Eastern President Elsa Nunez. "Some of the work on display represents three or four years of problem-solving, testing and intellectual pursuit. This event is more than a source of pride; it's a validation of our university's mission."