2014 Celebration of Scholars to be held May 10

Fri May 2, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Dickinson State University will host the 2014 “Celebration of Scholars: Explorations in Research, Humanities, and Fine Arts” on Saturday, May 10, 2014. Research, humanities, arts, and poster presentations will take place in Murphy Hall from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., followed by a luncheon, keynote talk, and awards ceremony in the Student Center Ballroom from noon to 2:00 p.m.

Celebration of Scholars (CoS) is a venue at which original student scholarly work is presented to an audience of fellow students, faculty members, community members, and professionals. Presentations will include scientific research, literature reviews, scholarly critique, humanities papers, creative writing, musical or dramatic performances, or visual outwork. All presentations are original scholarly work created by students in conjunction with a faculty member at DSU and other state and regional universities.

Presentations by students will include oral presentations of about 12 minutes in length during which presenters will explain their work via slide show to audience members, poster presentations in which students will discuss their work with individual audience members, and a range of artistic and creative presentations. A sampling of the oral presentations include: “Factors Affecting North Dakota Farmland Values,” Profitability of Spring vs. Fall Calving,” “Measurements of Light Pollution in the South Unit of the Theodore Roosevelt National Park” and “Success Outcomes of Pregnant Women with Smoking Cessation using Various Levels of Intervention.”

The 2014 Keynote Presentation will feature Dr. Leah Irish, an assistant professor of psychology from NDSU who received her Ph.D. from Kent State University in Ohio. Her talk will focus on the complex interplay of sleep, waking health behaviors, and psychological symptoms in the context of chronic illness and population health. The keynote presentation will take place immediately after the luncheon at 12:45 p.m., and is free to the public.

A luncheon will take place at noon in the Student Center Ballroom. Reservations for the luncheon are required by May 2. An award ceremony will follow immediately follow the keynote presentation beginning at approximately 1:45 p.m.

During the ceremony, recognition awards including a plaque and gift certificate will be presented to conference participants who produced outstanding work in several categories and areas. Judges will be professionals with expertise in the given area who have no direct connection to DSU. Judging areas and criteria are posted on the website.

Additionally, two $1000 DSU scholarships generously donated by the DSU Alumni and Foundation will be given to high school students who apply for the scholarship and attend the entire conference.

High school students will be individually hosted by a DSU student, who will take them on a personalized tour of the campus and join them for the complementary luncheon. Interested high school students may speak to their guidance counselor about applying or may review the guidelines and application on the website.

All information about the 2014 Celebration of Scholars, including information for student presenters, conference registration, scholarship applications, and judging criteria, may be found at http://dsuresearch.com.

General questions may be directed to Dr. Suzanne Russ at suzanne.russ@dickinsonstate.edu or 701-483-2518.