Celebration of Student Scholarship highlights academic excellence

Throughout the year MSU students and faculty strive for academic excellence, and once a year, Morehead State has an event that highlights research and scholarship. 

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A student presents her research at the 2018 Celebration of Student Scholarship.
A student presents her research at the 2018 Celebration of Student Scholarship.

The 14th Annual Celebration of Student Scholarship will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 24, 2019, on the third floor of the Adron Doran University Center. Last year, the event featured 199 student presentations (81 oral presentations and 118 posters) – a 23 percent increase over 2017 – that spotlighted the outstanding efforts of 259 undergraduate and graduate student scholars (28 percent increase over 2017) and their 86 faculty mentors (an increase of eight percent over 2017). Awards were made for presentations of special merit as recommended by a panel of 81 faculty, staff and guest judges.  

The Celebration of Student Scholarship showcases the outstanding scholarly work of students involved in the Undergraduate Research Fellowship program to the greater campus community. Initiated in the spring of 2006, the annual celebration has grown into a day-long event of presentations, exhibitions and performances by students from the Caudill College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, the College of Education, the College of Science and the Elmer R. Smith College Business and Technology.  

All undergraduate and graduate students working with faculty on any type of scholarly endeavor within their discipline (research, creative productions, regional engagement, etc.) are encouraged to present their work. High-quality scholarly products from courses (e.g., capstone projects, independent research, research courses, etc.) are also welcome. All Undergraduate Research Fellows are required to present their work. 

The format will feature student oral and poster presentations, followed by an end-of-the-day reception at which students and faculty mentors will be recognized and awards presented for student presentations of exceptional merit. The deadline for the final submission of abstracts is 8 a.m. Monday, March 18. Abstracts will be submitted this year only through an electronic Abstract Submission form. The form is located at https://coss-submissions.onlinescoringsystem.com/abstracts/new. Document Services (Allie Young 14) will print student PowerPoint posters free of charge if submitted no later than 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 19.   

Over the past two decades, the involvement of students in faculty-mentored research, scholarly and creative work has been rapidly growing into a national phenomenon. Engaging students in these types of scholarly activities at the undergraduate level has been demonstrated to enhance student intellectual development, increase the number of students pursuing advanced degrees, and enhance retention and graduation rates.  

At MSU, faculty in all disciplines are engaging students outside the traditional classroom setting in their professional scholarly endeavors. Based upon these collaborations, students are presenting, exhibiting and performing at state, regional and national forums, continuing MSU’s reputation for academic excellence. 

As a friend of MSU, you can support the event by attending, sponsoring student presenters, volunteering to judge and encouraging students to attend. Everyone is welcome.  

For more information, please contact Dr. Michael Henson, associate vice president for research and the dean of the Graduate School, at m.henson@moreheadstate.edu or visit www.moreheadstate.edu/studentcelebration