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The 15th annual daylong Student Research and Scholarship Symposium at Wheeling Jesuit University will take place Tuesday, April 8 and will welcome home James Paulick, a 2001 WJU graduate as the keynote speaker.

Paulick is a solo practitioner attorney in Pittsburgh, Pa. He was born and raised in southwestern Pa. and graduated from Canon McMillan High School in 1997. After high school, he attended Wheeling Jesuit University and graduated in 2001 with a B.S. in computer science. 

His career started in 1999, when he was hired at PPG Industries in Pittsburgh. After working with the company as an intern, he grew to hold various high-level information technology positions and continued working there for many years. In 2005, Paulick started attending evening law school while working full-time as a PPG employee. In 2009, he graduated with honors from Duquesne University's Law School. After passing the bar exam shortly after graduation, he worked part-time at PPG, while working to build a client base as an attorney. Paulick left PPG in 2011 to practice law full-time. He focuses his practice mainly in criminal defense.

Paulick occasionally lectures on topics such as Fourth Amendment Constitutional protections of digital information. He currently resides in Dormont, Pa. with his wife, Melanie, and their three children, Sophia, Jacob and Mary.

The symposium will start at 9 a.m. in Troy Theatre. All day and evening classes have been canceled for the day, so students can participate. A live webcast will be streamed on wju.edu for the opening ceremonies. At the conclusion of the day, the Rev. Frank R. Haig, S.J. Science Award Competition will be held in the Hawk Auditorium inside the Acker Science Center.

After Paulick's keynote address, the day of research begins with a full schedule of both morning and afternoon presentations open to the public. This includes an 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. and 1-2:30 p.m. lunch time research poster session, in Troy Theater and an 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. fine arts display in the art gallery in Kirby Hall. 

Undergraduates from all academic fields take part in the symposium and present their original research in both speech and poster format. Students then receive valuable feedback from faculty, students, administrators and others as they learn to defend their scholarly work.

Awards are presented at the concluding ceremony, which will begin at 4:45 p.m., in the Hawk Auditorium.

The day ends with the annual competition for the Rev. Frank R. Haig, S.J. Science Award at 6:30 p.m., also in Hawk Auditorium, moderated by Dr. James Coffield, WJU assistant professor of chemistry. 
 
Only four seniors compete for the Haig Award and the winner is not revealed until the May 17 commencement.

Haig recipients receive a medal along with $2,500 in prize money.

Each senior must maintain at least a 3.5 G.P.A. in all science and math courses and present an independent research project to the Haig Committee that embodies the concept of "individual excellence for public usefulness" in order to compete for the award.