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Moravian College to Showcase Student Scholarship – April 21

A day of sharing and celebration of student scholarship at Moravian College

Bethlehem, Pa., April 20, 2009—Moravian College will hold its fourth annual Student Scholarship Day on Tuesday, April 21. The program is designed to recognize and celebrate student research, honors projects, and creative works that have been completed throughout the year.   Sixty-one students, representing 15 different majors from math, psychology, biochemistry and other sciences to philosophy, and art are participating in the 2009 Scholars Day activities.  For a complete listing of student presentations and more, download the program as a PDF file. Since the inception of this event 4 years ago, 229 students have shared their scholarly accomplishments with the Moravian College community.

The program will begin with a welcome address and opening remarks by Dean Jim Skalnik.  Student oral presentations will begin at 9 a.m. and will continue throughout the day in PPHAC 101.  Student poster sessions will take place from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. and from 4 to 5 p.m.—although posters will be displayed during the morning and afternoon hours, students will be with their posters during the two 1-hour time blocks to discuss their research.

 “It’s really about taking students from passive learners to the point where they’re creating something new. And this is their chance to tell the campus about that,” said Diane Husic, professor of biology and chair of the department of biological sciences. “The students are proud of what they’ve accomplished.”

Moravian College held the  inaugural Student Scholars Day in the spring of 2005. “Given all the undergraduate research (SOAR, Honors, etc.) at Moravian, we needed to create a public forum to showcase the student accomplishments,” said Husic, who was co-creator of student scholars day. “There are many models of such events that are used by many institutions to highlight and celebrate student research and original creative works. It is a way to bring the campus together, to further develop a culture of scholarship across disciplines, and to applaud (and learn about) the diverse talents of our students. At the time, our Board Chair, Priscilla Payne Hurd had just established the Rokke Endowment to further our collaborative student-faculty research efforts, it seemed like the perfect impetus to develop Moravian College’s own version of such an event, and in fact, the inaugural event was dedicated to Mrs. Hurd in appreciation of her contributions to student scholarship,” Husic added.

The Pricilla Payne Hurd Academic Complex is located on Monocacy Street, near the corner of Locust Streets on the Moravian College Main Street Campus. Call 610-861-1491 for additional information.

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America’s sixth-oldest college. Visit the Web site at http://www.moravian.edu/.