Celebration of Scholarship and Creative Work
Undergraduate Research Symposium
Spring 2013 Event Dates:
Abstract submission opens:
Wednesday, March 27
Abstract submission closes: Wednesday, April 3, 4:00pm
Where: Prosser Theater
Where: University Center Ballroom, North Conference Room, and South Conference Room
The faculty of Western State Colorado University is committed to our mission to "graduate students skilled in written and spoken communication, problem solving, critical thinking, and creativity." The Celebration of Scholarship Undergraduate Research Symposium grew from this commitment. The "Celebration" highlights the independent creative work of our students and reflects our vibrant community of inquiry. As a multidisciplinary event, this semiannual "Celebration of Scholarship" provides an opportunity for students to be exposed to the practices of communication and critical inquiry across disciplines. Exposure to inquiry across disciplines supports our commitment to the Liberal Arts and builds the" foundation and appreciation of values appropriate to a liberally educated individual". A schedule including both oral and poster presentations communicates scholarly activity under the critical eye of peers. Both faculty and students benefit from participating in this academic discourse which contributes to the development of our students' critical thinking and communication skills, providing them with the solid intellectual foundation necessary to "assume constructive roles in local, national, and global communities."
-- Thomas Friedman (2005) The World is Flat, original source unknown
As noted in the adjacent quote, it is our questions that drive acquisition of knowledge. We hope that this event will elicit more questions than answers as our students share their work with the wider WSCU community.