Augustana Showcases Exceptional Student Research
2009 May 8Countless hours of student research from all academic areas will culminate in Augustana's 13th annual Celebration of Learning on Saturday, May 9. This on-campus event will showcase a diverse collection of advanced student research projects. Celebration of Learning is a unique opportunity for students to display their academic accomplishments before their families and the Augustana community. Celebration participants can choose to share their research through oral presentations or poster displays. Many students use the Celebration to present the results of their Senior Inquiry, a multiple-term research project required for completion of many of Augustana's academic programs. These projects often reflect months of preparation and extensive collaboration between Augustana students and faculty members. Augustana librarian and event coordinator Anne Earel feels Celebration of Learning fills a gap in many students' college experiences. "Not every student will be able to go to a conference somewhere off-campus. This provides an on-campus opportunity to be part of a professional scholarship community. It's a confidence builder and something Augustana students deserve to do," she says. Because of the advanced level of research involved, most presenters are upperclassmen. However, all students are encouraged to attend the event. Earel believes it is highly valuable that younger students "see what other students are doing and get an idea of what they might be able to do, and expected to do, by their senior year."Senior Ian Fletcher, a political science and anthropology major and 2008 Celebration of Learning presenter, decided to participate in the Celebration as a way to practice his public speaking skills and share his research with his peers. Fletcher feels his experience captures the essence of Augustana's academic community. "The Celebration of Learning shows the excellent caliber of the ideas and research of a school that is not driven by 'publish or perish.' We value faculty-student cooperation along with individual exploration of the questions that are important in today's academic arena." This year's event will begin with a keynote address by Dr. Joseph Hyser, a 1999 Augustana graduate and current mentor for Augustana College's Texas Medical Center - Summer Research Internship Program. The address will be followed by two sessions of student presentations in the morning and one poster display session in the afternoon. After these sessions, guests will be encouraged to visit the Augustana College Art Museum in Centennial Hall, where senior student artists will offer walking tours of their studio art exhibitions. For more information, visit www.augustana.edu/celebrationoflearning or www.augustana.edu/celebration or contact Kamy Beattie, Director of Public Relations, at 309-794-7721 or firstname.lastname@example.org.