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Celebration-UWO-Web-BannerAn array of research and creative topics will be well-represented at the 23rd-annual University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Celebration of Scholarship April 26.

The event, which gives undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to give presentations, display artwork and show off project posters, begins at 8:30 a.m. and continues until 5 p.m. at Reeve Memorial Union. More than 65 students will have works represented at the event.

“The experience of preparing and making a formal presentation about their scholarly or creative work is a significant learning experience for students. It requires students to think deeply and critically about their work–being able to think this way is a prized high-order skill,” said Jonathan Gutow, UW Oshkosh chemistry professor. “Additionally, this is a chance for our students to hone communications skills that will be useful in their future endeavors.”

At 8:30 a.m. in Reeve 227, the poster exhibits will open. The exhibits remain open until 4 p.m. and feature a variety of topics in a variety of subjects–biology, chemistry, English, geography, geology, physics, psychology, nursing and more.

At 8:30 and  9:30 a.m., in Reeve 305 and 306, oral presentations will begin; at 9:30 in Reeve 307, artistic presentations will be displayed. Topics are diverse and include “Alcohol Use and Its Effects on Academic Performance on University-Level Students” (criminal justice), “The Role of Skin Tone and Waist to Hip Ratio in Judgement of Attraction” (biology), “Attached at the Lips: The Relationship between Attachment Style, Motives for Romantic Kissing and Relationship Satisfaction (psychology) and many more.

From 11 a.m. until 1 p.m., Jacob Manogue will offer his visual art presentation “Auto Ranch” in Reeve 227.

Poster presentations and visual art presentations also begin at 11 a.m. and continue until 1 p.m.

Beyond the opportunity to showcase work on research and creative activities, Celebration of Scholarship is a reminder of the great faculty-student collaborations happening at UW Oshkosh, which is identified as a research-enhanced, comprehensive university in the institution’s new strategic plan.

“Faculty-student collaboration on a student research project allows our students to learn first-hand from their instructors about the investigative and analytical skills necessary to see a project through from beginning to end–and then to carry this work forward to its subsequent public presentation,” said UW Oshkosh Provost Lane Earns. “This collaborative effort provides a positive experience for both the faculty member and the student as they move their relationship beyond the classroom walls.”

To end the day, the Provost’s Award Reception will begin at 4 p.m. in Reeve 227. The guest speaker is Linda Freed, former director of the UW Oshkosh Office of Grants and Faculty Development. During her time at UW Oshkosh, she was a strong advocate for undergraduate research, scholarship and creative activities. She also launched UW Oshkosh’s undergraduate research journal, Oshkosh Scholar.

Also at the reception, the Faculty Mentor Award and Celebration of Scholarship Awards will be presented.

“Celebration of Scholarship is open to the community, and we hope it also helps the community to understand the breadth and quality of work going on at UW Oshkosh,” Gutow said.

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