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Bethlehem, Pa., April 8, 2010—Moravian values and encourages undergraduate research, and next Tuesday, April 13, it will celebrate its students' scholarly achievements with a full day dedicated to the presentation of their work. A record 79 students from 22 different areas of study, supported by 33 faculty sponsors, will give oral and poster presentations in the Priscilla Payne Hurd Academic Complex for the 5th annual Moravian Scholarship Day.
"Scholarship Day is an opportunity for students to share their work with others," said Michelle Schmidt, associate professor and chair of psychology and director of academic leadership programs. "There is real value for students to see what students in other disciplines are doing—much of it is work you would not have had any idea was happening here."
Presentation topics this year include "Mozart's Soubrettes" (Nathania Young '10), "The Effect of Stream Habitat Restoration on Macroinvertebrate and Fish Communities" (John Corbin '11 and Jennifer Mead '10), "Tibetan Buddhism and Feminism" (Janine Noel), "Death and Disease in Biblical Texts" (George Prousi '10), "Error Bands in Calibration Curves" (Stephen Kaster '10), and "Designing an Intuitive Interface for Seismology Software" (James Drago '11). Student research includes Honors projects and SOAR projects, as well as independent research projects conducted with faculty mentors at Moravian and elsewhere.
Interest in participation has grown steadily over the past five years, said Professor Schmidt. This year, Nathan Shank, assistant professor of mathematics, made it easier to submit proposals and organize the program by creating a system for electronic submissions. The Leadership Center and Friends of Reeves Library are primary sponsors of the event.
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The entire campus community is invited and encouraged to attend Scholar Day presentations. "Our students' research is impressive and exciting," said Professor Schmidt. "By attending their presentations, we show support for them and our community—we help cultivate a culture that values undergraduate research."
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 www.moravian.edu.