Celebration of Scholarship and Creative Work
Fall 2014 Event Dates:
Abstract submission opens: November 5
Abstract submission closes: November 12
Oral Session: Tuesday, December 9
Where: University Theater
Poster Session: Thursday, Dec 11
Where: University Center Ballroom
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."
A friend once asked Isidor I. Rabi, a Nobel Prize winner in physics, how he became a scientist. Rabi replied that every day after school his mother would talk to him about his school day. She wasn't so much interested in what he had learned that day, but she always inquired, "Did you ask a good question today?" "Asking good questions," Rabi said, "made me become a scientist."
-- 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 Western community.