Celebration Day to Highlight Student Research, Accomplishments

Allegheny College will welcome students, their families and friends, staff, faculty and the public to a daylong celebration of student research and achievement on Tuesday, May 2.

The College’s first-ever Celebration Day, created by and for students, will include sessions at various locations across campus spotlighting hands-on student research across the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences, as well as a panel focusing on the positive social, economic and environmental effects that have resulted from the work of the Community Wellness Initiative to increase food security in Meadville.

The aim of Celebration Day is “to recognize the hard work our students have done all year,” said Aimee Knupsky, chair of the Psychology Department and director of Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creative Activities.

“We have really awesome students who do really cool stuff and we want to have a moment where we pause and recognize that,” Knupsky said.

The day also serves to show students who have not yet participated in research projects or other activities that those opportunities are available, and to highlight the strength of an Allegheny education, she said.

Celebration Day will also highlight the work of the Allegheny Gateway, which helps students connect classroom learning with real-world experience through résumé and career services, pre-professional and graduate school advising, research funding and fellowships, internship opportunities, and more. Among the sessions participants can attend are presentations on civic engagement, study away experiences, the benefits of learning a foreign language, and the Global Citizen Scholars Program, a selective three-year program that integrates civic engagement, diversity and global learning.

The second half of the day will include a keynote speech by Allegheny President Emeritus Richard Cook on the importance of undergraduate research, and a senior poster session showcasing more than 50 research projects representing the humanities, the natural and social sciences, interdisciplinary pursuits and Gateway endeavors.

The day will conclude with a Honors Convocation in Ford Chapel during which student prizes will be announced and awarded, followed by a reception in Pelletier Library.

For a complete schedule of events and more information, visit http://allegheny.edu/celebrationday. Some events require reservations.