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Tewksbury's Surowiec Presents Academic Research Before Assumption Community at Annual Undergraduate Symposium

May 18, 2019 08:42AM ● By Bill Gilman

Assumption College

WORCESTER -- Samantha Surowiec, of Tewksbury, was one of 85 students selected to present an original academic research project at Assumption's 25th Annual Undergraduate Symposium, held April 15-16 on the College's Worcester Campus.

The undergraduate symposium showcases the academic research and scholarly achievements of Assumption students working in collaboration with dedicated faculty mentors. These collaborations represent a model for integrating teaching, original research, and the beneficial effects of peer review in promoting intellectual development and professional growth. The symposium provides the campus community with the opportunity to gain a greater appreciation of and applaud the individual and collective accomplishments of the College's faculty and students.

Surowiec, a member of the Class of 2021, presented "The Importance of Advertisement in the Era of the American Revolution." This project discusses Surowiec's experience working with the Adverts 250 Project, analyzing the influence of 18th century advertisements during the American Revolution. Each advertisement conveys a different aspect of colonial America and served as a mode of communication between colonists, allowing not just material goods to spread through different colonies, but also ideas that helped foster a revolutionary spirit.

"The development of students' critical thinking skills is the foundation of a liberal arts education," said Louise Carroll Keeley, Ph.D., provost and academic vice president. "The annual Symposium provides undergraduates an opportunity to showcase the knowledge they have learned in the classroom and demonstrate how they have expanded and applied those new insights to a comprehensive research endeavor. Student presentations are wide-ranging in theme and disciplinary method, but all provide thought-provoking analysis and insight that can advance knowledge and improve the world in which we live."

Founded in 1904 by the Augustinians of the Assumption in Worcester, Mass., Assumption College is a Catholic liberal arts institution that offers undergraduate students 35 majors and 47 minors in the liberal arts, sciences, business, and professional studies; as well as master's and continuing education degrees and professional certificate programs-each through an educational experience that is grounded in the rich Catholic intellectual tradition. The curriculum enables students to gain a depth and breadth of knowledge that leads to professional success and personal fulfillment. Students-whether on the Worcester campus or at the College's Rome, Italy, campus-become engaged participants in Assumption's classic liberal arts education, exploring new ideas and making connections across disciplines. To prepare for the workforce, students learn cutting-edge theory and best practices, conduct innovative research, and develop excellent communication and critical-analysis skills. Assumption graduates are also known for their thoughtful citizenship and compassionate service to their community. For more information about Assumption College, please visit

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