April 21, 2013

Dalton State students to share scholarly work in showcase

Submitted by Dalton State College

— The work of more than 100 students will be shared in a Student Scholarship Showcase this week on campus at Dalton State College. Students from the Schools of Business, Education, Liberal Arts, Health Professions and Science, Technology and Mathematics will display their work in oral, poster and digital presentations.

The college’s Student Scholarship Showcase is designed to “promote the academic excellence and scholarship of our students,” said Sandra Stone, vice president for academic affairs, who was assisted in planning the Showcase by April Kay, assistant professor of biology, and Melissa Whitesell, librarian at Dalton State’s Roberts Library.

“We encourage student scholarship by fostering critical thinking, writing and oral communication skills; encouraging scientific and humanistic investigation and research; fostering academic creativity and original ideas within disciplines; encouraging analysis, evaluation and synthesis of complex problems; and promoting student presentation and publication in appropriate outlets,” Stone said.

The exhibits and presentations range from Senior Capstone Projects from students in the School of Business to posters chronicling scientific research projects to an open house of graphic design work created by Digital Design students. The projects and presentations will be displayed in buildings across campus from Sequoya Hall to the James E. Brown Center; a complete schedule can be accessed at www.daltonstate.edu/news/pdf/Student-Scholarship-Showcase.pdf.

“This is a great opportunity for our science majors to share their proposed and completed scientific research,” said Kay. “Their research efforts allow them to apply what they learn in traditional course work and facilitates their education, especially learning ‘hands on’ the process of the scientific method.”

“I feel that this event is important to our institution because it not only showcases the scholarship of our student body, and the rigorous academic standards and excellence of the faculty that serve as mentors to these students, but also encourages discussion about the various subject disciplines,” Whitesell said. “Our students benefit through the opportunity to demonstrate scholarship, creativity and professionalism to a broader audience, thus gaining valuable experience that will only increase their marketability to potential employers.”

The Student Scholarship Showcase will be Monday through Thursday and will conclude on Tuesday, April 30.