Daylong celebration to showcase student research, artistic, service activities

Gettysburg College will showcase students' achievements in research, creative arts, and service on Saturday, May 1.

Dozens of panel discussions, posters, dramatic productions, student films, and visual artworks will be presented during Celebration 2010: Colloquium on Undergraduate Research, Creative Activity, and Community Engagement. The daylong event includes a focus on study abroad.

Over 290 students from all class years and all disciplines will take part. A complete schedule is on the Celebration website. The public is welcome to attend.

Celebration has grown since last year's inaugural event. For example, panel discussions have increased to 22  from 11 in 2009.

A few the day's titles and topics include:

The Role of Music in Ancient Greece
Botswana's Public Health Crisis
How to remove dust, debris and tritium deposits from a fusion reactor
Summer research supported by Mellon Foundation grants
A nuclear non-proliferation treaty simulation
Field research in China
Students' original films and plays and a zombie apocalypse version of the 15th-century Wakefield Last Judgment
Seeking out the Cancer Stem Cell Population
Global Influences on the Iraq Women's Movement
The Muslim Experience in France
Mapping flooding in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina
Detecting and Modeling of a Colorado mountain pine beetle outbreak
The Rhythm of Life: How the Percussive Arts Affect Young Lives
The Gray Area between Legal Insanity and Pure Evil

The event is "a huge celebration of what's best about Gettysburg College -- our students being mentored by their faculty with the goal of accomplishing great work," said Maureen Forrestal, assistant provost for scholarship.

In addition to the annual colloquium, undergraduate research opportunities abound at Gettysburg College. A video shows some possibilities; other past projects are highlighted here.

Founded in 1832, Gettysburg College is a highly selective four-year residential college of liberal arts and sciences with a strong academic tradition that includes Rhodes Scholars, a Nobel laureate and other distinguished scholars among its alumni. The college enrolls 2,600 undergraduate students and is located on a 200-acre campus adjacent to the Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania.

Contact: Jim Hale, online content editor

Posted: Mon, 26 Apr 2010

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