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Liberal Arts Student Symposium 2022

UCO Liberal Arts Symposium 2022 Modern Mosaic

Celebrating Student Scholarship, Research and Creative Activity

The University of Central Oklahoma's College of Liberal Arts will host the 34th Annual Symposium from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, March 30, 2022, offering students the opportunity to present their exemplary writing and research and to participate in other academic and creative activities. Classes in the College of Liberal Arts are redirected during the event to allow students to participate and to give classmates the chance to experience the scholarly and creative work of their fellow students.

This long-standing tradition is one of the most important and visible celebrations of the creativity and scholarship of our students. 

Symposium Date: March 30, 2022, 9 a.m.–3 p.m.

Special Roundtable Event 5–6:30 p.m.

See full schedule here


Modern Mosaic

This year’s theme is “Modern Mosaic.” Both in metaphor and in application, the mosaic represents how elegant patterns within complexity are revealed through creative and artistic expression. The diversity of colors, textures, and raw materials are brought together into a new “whole” of creative form. The mosaic motif celebrates how a multitude of unique constituent pieces collaborate to reach new levels of meaning.


Keynote Speaker

Gary K. WolfeGary K. Wolfe is a well-known science fiction critic, editor, writer and podcaster. He just won the 2021 Hugo Award, the highest award in science fiction, for “The Coode Street Podcast " which he co-produces with Jonathan Strahan. He has also won Australia’s prestigious Ditmar Award for science fiction, the British Science Fiction Association Award for Nonfiction, the Science Fiction Research Association’s Pilgrim Award and the Distinguished Scholarship Award from the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts. Wolfe's current focus is on how science fiction stories change dramatically in relation to the diversity of science fiction authors (African, Korean, transgender, etc.). These dramatic perspective shifts occur even when the stories are strikingly similar or even a rewrite.

Wolfe is a professor emeritus in humanities at Roosevelt University. He delivered the very popular course, “How Great Science Fictions Works,” for The Great Courses.


The CLA Symposium prize money is deposited to the students’ bursar accounts. These funds will automatically be applied to any remaining account balance. Students can request a "refund" to transfer remaining funds through their preferred method. 

Best paper: 

  • First place $300
  • Second place $200
  • Third place $125

Best paper submitted via an Honor Society: $125

Best paper written in a language other than English: $125

Best Presentation: $125

Be the Light Award: $300
The “Be the Light” Award was established by Sharon Worden in honor of the late Adam Luke Worden who received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with minors in Religious Studies and Philosophy from UCO. Adam was known as an outstanding student who loved learning. This scholarship is awarded for an inspiring or motivational writing project that can propose the diagnosis of significant problems in our world and propose innovative strategies to solving these problems. 


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