4/8/10

Celebrate Moravian Students' Scholarship
and Creativity Tuesday, April 13

Hadia Riaz '10 and 78 other students will present their work at Scholarship Day, April 13. Riaz's "A Golden Way to Visualize DNA" was advised by chemistry professors Shari and Stephen Dunham. Photo: John Kish IV

See and hear presentations at 5th annual Scholarship Day.

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.

Schedule of Events

8:45 a.m.—Welcome and Opening Remarks, PPHAC Room 101
9:00 a.m. to 11:50 a.m.—Student Oral Presentations, PPHAC 101
11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.—Poster Presentations, PPHAC first floor atrium
12:50 a.m.-4:00 p.m.—Student Oral Presentations, PPHAC 101
4:00-5:00 p.m.—Poster Presentations, PPHAC first floor atrium
5:00 p.m.—Reception for student presenters and their mentors, PPHAC third floor atrium; sponsored by Friends of Reeves Library

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."