Every April, the St. Lawrence community gathers to share in the expansive academic accomplishments of students during a weekend dedicated to celebrating their achievements.
The weekend kicked off with Festival Day, a tradition that started in 2014 where classes aren’t held so students, faculty, and staff can spend the day exploring each other's research and co-curricular endeavors. The day’s highlights include the Festival of Science, Scholarship, and Creativity, the First-Year Seminar Research Exchange Festival, as well as concerts, recitals, and exhibitions.
“It kind of changed my mindset and showed me anything is possible,” said Michael K. Yirenkyi ’22 as he reflected on his First-Year Seminar. His research project, titled “Biomimicry: Using Nature as a Model for Contemporary Design”, provided Yirenkyi with a new perspective on the design industry in which he was already enthusiastic about.
“It’s a different approach to how we look at nature,” explained Yirenkyi, as he stood alongside his project illustrating the design potential of shark skin and automobiles. “And how we could apply everything we’ve learned, incorporate that into our society and make our design more sustainable and innovative.”