Celebration of Student Scholarship Planned for April 18

Monday, April 16, 2012

The annual Celebration of Student Scholarship will be held on the shared main campus of Fairmont State University and Pierpont Community & Technical College from 9:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, in the Falcon Center third floor conference rooms.

The Celebration includes posters and presentations by students who have conducted independent research during the last year. The topics range from honeybees to creative writing, and from travel to analyzing financial statements. 

The Celebration of Student Scholarship has its roots in a proposal made 10 years ago by Professors Ann Shaver and Elaine Bartgis that Fairmont State should have an annual symposium for students to present the results of their outstanding work. The first Celebration was ably put together in April 2002 by Professor Angela Schwer and continued under the sponsorship of the Honors Program until 2006 years ago when Dr. Phillip Mason expanded the Celebration and gave it the shape it has today.

“These annual Celebrations depend on the fine academic work of the students who participate.  We salute this year’s participants who have developed their analytical skills and a certain intellectual independence in their projects that are featured in their talks and posters today.  They have found the pleasures of scholarship and research,” said Dr. J. Robert Baker, Chair of the Department of Language & Literature and Director of the Honors Program.

“We also salute the faculty mentors who have given unstintingly of their time and energy to help these students in developing their intellectual skills. These faculty have continued one of the virtues of Fairmont State University and Pierpont Community & Technical College—close collaboration between faculty and students.”