Best Research, Creative Work of 100 Students to be Featured at ‘Celebration’
Providence, R.I. — The third annual Celebration of Student Scholarship and Creativity, a display of the best research and creative projects that has grown to 100 students from more than 20 academic disciplines, will be held at Providence College on Wednesday, April 25, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Sponsored by the Student Engagement Advisory Committee, the event will be held in the Slavin Center. It is free and open to the public.
“The projects of these students, supported by their faculty mentors, are exemplary because of the depth of commitment and understanding they reflect, as well as the high quality of the finished product,” said Dr. Hugh F. Lena, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs.
Each academic department and program was asked to nominate student projects for the celebration. The 49 selected for the exhibit include research projects, creative works, and service-learning experiences in Providence and outside the country.
Topics include “Isolation and Characterization of a Novel Mycobacterial Phage, Job42, and the Annotation of its Genome,” a project of biology students, and “Blackwater Treatment and Water Purification for Rural Water Sanitation,” a project undertaken by a physics student and professor.
A social work student will present “Effects of Violent Video Games on Social Perceptions and Emphatic Responses of College-Aged Youth,” while a psychology student will display the results of a study, “Pre-Service Teachers’ Perceptions of Middle School Students.”
The Celebration of Student Scholarship and Creativity is supported by the College’s three-year, $250,000 grant, Fostering a Culture of Student Engagement, from the Davis Educational Foundation.
Lena noted that the celebration is a feature of the College’s new Strategic Plan, which emphasizes the importance of student engagement — through research, study, and service opportunities — in enhancing academic excellence.
— Vicki-Ann Downing