MURRAY, Ky. — Murray State University is celebrating student research through this year’s digital iteration of Scholars Week.
Scholars Week is a semi-annual event at Murray State presented by University Libraries and the Office of Research and Creative Activity. The variety of presentation topics — from sports psychology to poetry all the way to bilingual education and emerging treatments in health care — run the gamut of academic disciplines. In keeping with social distancing guidelines amid the ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, students submitted recorded presentations along with research papers, posters, and other work.
“Scholars Week provides an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to formally present the fruits of their scholarly or creative labors with the entire campus community,” said A.J. Boston, coordinator for the Office of Research and Creative Activity. “It is an excellent venue for all Murray State students, staff and faculty members to share their work across a wide variety of disciplines and interests.”
Scholars Week festivities began April 13 with the Phi Kappa Phi: Love of Learning Panel hosted by Faculty Regent Dr. Melony Shemberger, University Libraries Dean Ashley Ireland, Department of Applied Health Sciences Chair Dr. Miranda Terry and others.
Anna Draeger of Shelbyville, Kentucky is a graduate student seeking her Master of Science in agriculture at Murray State. She said she came up with her research topic on the use of cannabidiol (CBD) in horses after learning about the rising interest in CBD for both human and animal use.
“The considerations and adaptations applied to ensure that Scholars Week still happened this year were an excellent representation of the innovative thinking of the research that was presented within it,” Draeger said. “It was a wonderful opportunity both to present the research I had worked on, as well as view the diligent work of fellow students. It was nice to come together and collaborate for this week celebrating research despite a time when we must remain physically distant.”
All submitted research for Scholars Week can be found at the University’s Digital Commons website, located at digitalcommons.murraystate.edu/scholarsweek/Spring2020.