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Welcome to Scholars Week!

Scholars Week 2020


Scholars Week celebrates the culture of scholarship, research, and creative endeavors on campus. The week begins on April 6, 2020 and includes a diverse series of events highlighting the scholarship and creativity of students and their faculty mentors at Eastern Kentucky University.

Held annually every April, Scholars Week celebrates, showcases, and promotes the rich culture of faculty, student, and faculty-student scholarship, research, and creative endeavors. As such, Scholars Week supports the EKU University Strategic Plan 2020, especially 1.1.3: "Increase opportunities for faculty scholarship, research and creative endeavors, and faculty-student collaborations;" and 1.2.3: "Provide students the opportunity and support to participate in and receive recognition for research, creative, and academic endeavors." 

Final schedule published in spring 2020. 

Monday, April 6    

How to obtain University-Funded Scholarship through the University Research Committee

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12:00pm - 1:00pm  Noel Studio Discovery Classroom (310D)
Art Student Association Annual Juried Exhibition 2:00pm-4:00pm Fred Parker Giles Gallery

Faculty Awards and Honors Ceremony

Winners of the 2018-2019 faculty awards will be announced. Full award details are available at

4:30-6:00pm Faculty Center for Teaching & Learning (318)
Tuesday, April 7    

Honors Thesis Presentations

Students in the Honors program will give their thesis presentations. All members of the EKU community are welcome to attend.

10am, 1pm, 3pm 204D & 204G

Interdisciplinary Faculty Collaboration: Connection-Building Sessions

  • 8:30 - 8:35 Welcome - Dr. Shirley O’Brien/Dr. Jon Gore
  • 8:35- 8:45 Collaboration with an International Flair - Dr. Ginny Whitehouse
  • 8:45- 9:10 Data Science: New Partnerships - Dr. Jon Gore and Dr. Sara Incera
  • 9:10 – 9:20 Stretch and Networking
  • 9:20- 9:40 Making it Happen: Collaborating within Teaching (library, honors, active learning) - Dr. Charlotte Rich and Dr. Ryan Baggett
  • 9:40 - 10:00 Conversation- building networks
  • 10:00-10:20 Collaborating in Communities - Dr. Myra Beth Bundy, Dr. Shirley O’Brien, Dr. Camille Skubik-Peplaski
  • 10:20- 10:40: Forging Interprofessional opportunities - Dr. Karina Christopher
  • 10: 40- 11:00 Moving Forward - Dr. Jon Gore and Dr. Shirley O’Brien
8:30am-11:00am Faculty Center for Teaching & Learning

Fulbright US Student Program Workshop, featuring Lora Seery, Outreach and Recruitment Manager, Institute of International Education 

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3-4:00pm Faculty Center for Teaching & Learning 
Delta Alpha Pi International Honor Society Induction 3:30pm-4:30pm Grand Reading Room 

Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program Workshop, featuring Lora Seery, Outreach and Recruitment Manager, Institute of International Education

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4:15-5:15pm Faculty Center for Teaching & Learning

Annual Alumni Spotlight - Presentations

The Scholars Week Alumni Spotlight offers the campus community the opportunity to hear about academic experiences, success stories, and lessons learned from EKU alumni. This year's presenters are:

Nathaniel Bullock

Lee Stokes

5:30pm,  Faculty Center for Teaching & Learning
Alumni Spotlight Reception 6:30pm Faculty Center for Teaching & Learning
Wednesday, April 8    
Honors Thesis Presentations  10am, 1pm, 3pm 204D & 204G
Aurora: Literary and Arts Journal - Launch and Open Mic 12-2pm Noel Studio Discovery Classroom
Diversity Scholars Symposium - Featuring 2018 Inclusive Excellence Award winners and Diverse Perspectives in Scholarship grant winners 3:30-5:00pm Faculty Center for Teaching & Learning
Noel Studio Program Appreciation Night 5:30-7:00pm Noel Studio Greenhouse
Thursday, April 9    

Faculty Scholarship Panel and Town Hall 

  • 12:00-12:05pm -Welcome - Dr. Shirley O'Brien
  • 12:05-12:20pm - Faculty Scholarship of Teaching & Learning Award - Dr. Gaby Bedetti
  • 12:25-12:40pm - Dr. Michael Chen - Faculty Innovation in Teaching Award
  • 12:40-12:50pm - Informal Conversations with Faculty Leaders: Town Hall Sharing
  • 12:50-1:15pm - Dr. Beth Polin and Dr. James Wells - High-Impact Practice Teaching Award
  • 1:15-1:30pm - Dr. Socorro Zaragoza - Faculty Leadership Award
  • 1:30-1:50pm - Conversations with Faculty Leaders: Town Hall Sharing
  • 1:50-2:00pm - Closing - Dr. Shirley O'Brien

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12:00pm-2:00pm Faculty Center for Teaching & Learning
Honors Thesis Presentations 10am, 1pm, 3pm 204D & 204G
Book Reading and Signing: Dr. Joshua A. Lynn, Department of History, Philosophy, and Religious Studies 4:00pm-6:00pm Grand Reading Room
Archives After Dark Student Showcase 5:00pm-6:00pm Noel Studio Discovery Classroom
Friday, April 10    
University Scholars Assembly 9:00-11:00am Grand Reading Room
EKU Phi Kappa Phi Induction 12:00-1:00pm Grand Reading Room
University Presentation Showcase - Music and Dance Performers 1:00-2:00pm Dick Mayo Allen Auditorium
University Presentation Showcase - Poster Presentation 2:00-3:30pm Library First Floor
Assurance of Learning Poster Showcase 2:00-3:30pm Library First Floor
University Presentation Showcase - Award Ceremony 3:30-4:00pm Dick Mayo Allen Auditorium


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