MURRAY, Ky. — Murray State University students from all disciplines will share and celebrate research and creative activity with their peers and the greater campus community from April 16–20 during Spring Scholars Week.

Scholars Week is a semi-annual event at Murray State presented by University Libraries and the Office of Research and Creative Activity. With a variety of possible sessions to attend — including an Interdisciplinary Showcase — the purpose of Scholars Week is to recognize student work and research.

“Scholars Week is the culmination of students’ extensive research projects,” said A.J. Boston, co-coordinator for the Office of Research and Creative Activity. “There should always be a sense of fulfillment for students in completing a research project and developing it to the stage at which they feel competent and comfortable to present it to an audience.”

Topics presented during Scholars Week cover a wide range of materials. The Interdisciplinary Showcase is an opportunity for students at any level and from all academic programs to present posters that highlight their research and findings to a campus-wide audience. The showcase will take place Monday, April 16, from noon to 2 p.m. on the third floor of the Curris Center and includes a General Poster Session, Senior Nursing Poster Session, Student Teacher Eligibility Portfolio Session and Sigma Xi Poster Competition. Students will also present in concurrent departmental panels chaired by Murray State faculty throughout the week. All panel and poster sessions are open to any individuals who wish to attend.

“The campus community — our staff, faculty, administrators and students — play an active role in making this a rewarding experience for our participants,” Boston said. “When we make an effort to listen to our Racer scholars speak about what interests and excites them, especially in those fields outside our normal disciplines, we truly honor the efforts of our Murray State students.”

In addition to serving as a showcase for student research, Scholars Week functions as a professional development opportunity for students to step outside their comfort zones in ways that benefit them both in and out of the classroom.

“Events like Scholars Week help students gain vital communication skills in such a way that they are able to communicate and receive constructive feedback at a higher level,” said David Crittendon, a graduate psychology student from Murray who began participating in Scholars Week while earning his undergraduate degree at the University. “I always come away with different research ideas and ways to collaborate with different fields.”

It is a sentiment Megan Gullett, a graduate student from Mount Juliet, Tennessee, echoed: “As someone who will work in higher education, Scholars Week helps lay a more solid foundation for presenting on research intensive information,” said Gullett, who is pursuing a master’s degree in postsecondary education. “I am thankful that Murray State provides such a unique opportunity to students of all disciplines and academic levels.”

A full schedule of events for Scholars Week is available at tinyurl.com/MSUSpringScholarsWeek18.

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