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WSU to Expand Annual Celebration of Scholarship and Creativity

February 7, 2011
By: WSU News

Worcester State University will again showcase the outstanding work of its students at the 4th Celebration of Scholarship and Creativity on Wednesday, April 20.

Last year, over 150 research projects were exhibited. This year the event will be expanded to a day-long, campus-wide event.

“In order to present a more comprehensive range of student work across the arts, humanities, and in social and natural sciences, we decided to expand this event to include readings of critical papers, discussions, and performances, as well as poster presentations throughout the day,” said Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Charles Cullum. “This event has always highlighted the robust research our students are conducting with their faculty—graduate and undergraduate students alike.  The expansion this year allows us to better celebrate a broader and more diverse body of work.”

The exhibit of student work will be held from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. in Student Center Exhibit Area, Blue Lounge and Ghosh Science and Technology lobby. Faculty are encouraged to host additional lectures, presentations and discussions in conjunction with their classes throughout the day.

“A committee of faculty has been meeting to explore all of the opportunities this new format presents,” said Dr. Cullum. “Our faculty work very hard to engage our students in rigorous research and a wide array of creative projects,’ said Worcester State University President Janelle Ashley.  “I salute them for giving our students such valuable experience.”

Students enjoy a broad range of meaningful opportunities for hands-on research. Excellent science labs, numerous field work projects, and collaborative partnerships with leading research institutions enable students to strengthen their foundation in the humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences. Projects from previous years have included the study of novel pharmacological therapeutics for melanoma cancers, collection of core pollen samples from an area pond to discover vegetation changes since the last Ice Age, exploring the feasibility of creating an urban arts district from Worcester’s brownfields and a digital online photo archive of Worcester history from 1800 to 2000.

The event, co-sponsored by the Office of Institutional Advancement and Academic Affairs, is free and open to the public.

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