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The public is welcome to learn and interact with nearly 150 University of Wisconsin Oshkosh students as they present their research and artistic projects at the Celebration of Scholarship and Creative Activity on Thursday, April 26.

The 25th-annual symposium, which takes place from 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Reeve Memorial Union, involves dozens of posters and oral, performance and visual art presentations, covering a wide range of disciplines from art and astronomy to psychology and sociology.

“A good number of undergraduate students at UW Oshkosh pursue research and original creative work outside of the classroom under the guidance of their professors,” said Stephen Kercher, interim director of UWO’s Office of Student Research and Creative Activity (OSRCA). “These high-impact learning experiences contribute much to the overall education that our students receive.”

Presenting their research results or performing an original piece of music further impacts student learning.

“OSRCA encourages students to augment their experience pursuing research and creative work by presenting and sharing it with fellow students, other members of our academic community as well as members of the general public, in keeping with the spirit of the Wisconsin Idea.,” Kercher explained.

The schedule for the day includes a welcome at 8:15 a.m. in Reeve Ballroom 227 C; poster and visual art exhibits from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Ballroom 227 AB; performance presentations from 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. in Ballroom 227C; oral presentation sessions throughout the morning in a number of rooms in Reeve; poster and visual art presentations from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Ballroom 227 AB; a WiSys Technology Foundation Quick Pitch Competition from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the Reeve Theatre Room 307; and the Provost’s Awards Reception from 4 to 5 p.m. in Ballroom 227 ABC.

At the Quick Pitch, students will showcase their creative and entrepreneurial spirit by presenting their research findings and/or innovative ideas through a short pitch to a panel of judges. Participants will compete for a cash prize and the opportunity to have their research and/or innovative idea featured at WiSys’ annual Wisconsin Science and Technology Symposium at UW-Parkside July 30-31.

Parking for the daylong event will be open to the public from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on April 26 in Visitor Lot 15 (across from Reeve Memorial Union).

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