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Welcome to Scholars Week!

scholars week 2021

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“Celebrating the Scholarship of Discovery, Integration, Application, Teaching & Learning, and Creative Endeavors across Eastern Kentucky University.”

Scholars Week celebrates the culture of scholarship, research, and creative endeavors. The week begins on April 5, 2021 and includes a diverse series of events highlighting the scholarly and creative achievements of students and faculty across 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. Scholars Week increases opportunities for faculty scholarship, research and creative endeavors, and faculty-student collaborations while recognizing research, creative, and academic endeavors at all levels. 


2021 Scholar's Week Schedule

Throughout the Week

University Presentations Showcase (graduate and undergraduate)

Students in all departments who have collaborated with faculty/staff on scholarly and/or creative projects are invited to participate in the 20th Annual University Presentation Showcase. Projects may include artwork, original writing, research and other scholarly/creative work. Projects that go beyond a classroom assignment are most appropriate, although there are exceptions (e.g. senior theses). Students must have collaborated on the project with a faculty or staff mentor, who must recommend the student’s project for the Showcase and approve the abstract before submission.

Three-Minute Thesis (3MT)

In its inaugural year at Eastern Kentucky University, the Three-Minute Thesis (3MT) competition has been a mainstay for many international and national graduate programs.  The competition showcases public speaking and presentation skills as well as a graduate student’s ability to communicate research in a condensed time frame to a non-specialist audience.  With only 180 seconds (three minutes), a single slide and no additional props or media, the competition will showcase some of the best and brightest graduate research projects at EKU.  This year’s competition will feature three categories for a wide array of research projects, with monetary awards for first and second places.  To find out more about the 3MT @ EKU, visit:  https://ekuscholars.eku.edu/3MT

  • People’s Choice Awards Viewing/Voting on our Three-Minute Thesis Applicants. Videos will be available on our 3MT YouTube Channel here.

Monday, April 5th

3:00-4:30pm

Honors Thesis Presentations

EKU Honors Program students will be doing live presentations of  their honors thesis projects in sessions throughout Scholars Week.

For a schedule with links to these virtual sessions, please email david.coleman@eku.edu.
3:30-5:00pm

Faculty Interdisciplinary Symposia "Best Practices in Modern Teaching"

Online teaching has significantly altered pedagogical practices, but the COVID-19 pandemic required several overhauls in the way teachers transmit information to their students and make them feel like a part of the class. This symposium will feature the best practices in modern teaching, focusing on methods that withstood the drastic changes in higher education during the pandemic, and others that were informed by them.

Zoom Registration

Tuesday, April 6th

10:00am, 1:00pm, 3:00pm

Honors Thesis Presentations

EKU Honors Program students will be doing live presentations of  their honors thesis projects in sessions throughout Scholars Week.

For a schedule with links to these virtual sessions, please email david.coleman@eku.edu.
12:00-1:30pm

How to Sustain Scholarship (During a Pandemic)

The COVID-19 pandemic through the world in a loop, and we’re still trying to find our bearings. This workshop will be an information sharing session, where faculty are encouraged to offer their suggestions for best practices in a new academic climate.

Workshop Facilitators: Dr. Shirley O’Brien & Dr. Jonathan Gore

Zoom Registration

or

YouTube LiveStream

3:30-5:00pm

Faculty Interdisciplinary Symposia "21st Century Innovations"

The 21st Century has brought with it remarkable advancements in communication and the acquisition of information, but few are aware of other technological innovations and uses of new technologies in a multitude of areas. This symposium will feature the innovations in the development and uses of 21st Century technology and interventions, suited to address the everyday problems and needs of our world.

Zoom Registration

or

YouTube LiveStream

5:00 - 6:00pm

Faculty Awards and Honors

The EKU community is invited to attend this award and recognition ceremony to honor 2020-2021 recipients of the Noel Faculty and QEP Critical Reading & Critical Thinking awards, along with the 2020-2021 Faculty Innovators and 3MT Mentors and Winners. 

Zoom

or

YouTube LiveStream

7:00pm

Alumni Spotlight (Derrick J Morton)

The Scholars Week Alumni Spotlight offers the campus community the opportunity to hear about academic experiences, success stories, and lessons learned from EKU alumni. The 2021 Alumni Spotlight speaker is Dr. Derrick J. Morton, Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences, Kaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine.

Watch the livestream at the following links: 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/870761733715056

YouTube: https://youtu.be/mHS0zxpyoN8

Wednesday, April 7th

10am, 1pm, 3pm

Honors Thesis Presentations

EKU Honors Program students will be doing live presentations of  their honors thesis projects in sessions throughout Scholars Week.

For a schedule with links to these virtual sessions, please email david.coleman@eku.edu.
12:00-1:30pm

"Diverse Perspectives in Scholarship" Panel Discussion (Lunch)

Scholarly fields often talk about diversity in terms of the composition of research teams and departments without noting whether the contributions of all team members are encouraged. The “Diverse Perspectives in Scholarship” panel discussion will involve faculty, administrator, and student perspectives about the current state of academia, and how to improve it to become a more inclusive marketplace of ideas.

Panelists: Dr. Roger Cleveland (Director of Faculty Diversity & Development), Dr. Dannie Moore (Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer),  Rich Richmond (Director, McNair Program), and Tajana Graves (Graduate Student in Psychology)

Moderator: Dr. Jonathan Gore (Psychology, Undergraduate Research & Creative Endeavors)

Zoom Registration

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YouTube LiveStream

3:30-5:00pm

Faculty Interdisciplinary Symposia "Caring for the Commonwealth: Connecting with Communities"

EKU is dedicated to serving those in our communities and service region. Utilizing best practices in research and interventions, we have entered into seemingly impossible crises to help those in need. This symposium will feature scholarship that embeds itself in the communities we are called to serve, and the progress made in each of those endeavors.

Zoom Registration

or

YouTube LiveStream

5:00-6:00pm

Noel Studio Program Appreciation Night

Zoom
7:00pm

Aurora: Literary and Arts Journal launch and open mic reading

Aurora, a student-led literary journal featuring fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, short film, visual art (including photography, and comics/cartoons), music, and drama, will host an evening reading, open mic, and celebration of the launch of the journal’s recent issue

Zoom

Thursday, April 8th

10am, 1pm, 3pm

Honors Thesis Presentations

EKU Honors Program students will be doing live presentations of  their honors thesis projects in sessions throughout Scholars Week

For a schedule with links to these virtual sessions, please email david.coleman@eku.edu.
8:00am

Art + Design Invitational: Visual Student Exhibition

In the face of limited exhibition opportunities due to COVID-19, the Department of Art & Design at Eastern Kentucky University will celebrate the creative research and scholarship of over 30 students in a distinctive online exhibit, Art + Design Invitational: Virtual Student Exhibition. The multidisciplinary showcase will go live on Thursday, April 8, and remain available online for the foreseeable future. The exhibit will highlight various disciplines in Art & Design: Art Education, Art History, Ceramics, Drawing, Graphic Design, Jewelry and Metals, Painting, Photography, and Printmaking. This invitational will be a time to rejoice over student successes, and will help promote creative student achievements here at Eastern to a larger audience. This virtual exhibition will coincide with EKU Scholars Week, an annual event celebrating a culture of scholarship, research, and creative endeavors.

Link to Exhibition
3:30-5:00pm

Faculty Interdisciplinary Symposia "2020 Vision: What We Learned and How We Can Improve"

The year 2020 was unforgettable in so many ways. The worldwide pandemic, the economic challenges, the divisive political environment, and the collective calls for social justice are still very much a part of our lives one year later. This symposium will focus on what we’ve learned during the fateful year 2020, and how we can move forward using what we have learned.

Zoom Registration

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YouTube LiveStream

5:00-6:00pm

Phi Kappa Phi Induction Ceremony

High-achieving students will be recognized during the 2021 Phi Kappa Phi induction ceremony. Membership in Phi Kappa Phi is by invitation only to the top 10 percent of seniors and graduate students and 7.5 percent of juniors. All members of the EKU community are welcome to celebrate these outstanding scholars.
Zoom

Friday, April 9th

9:30-10:30am

Scholars Assembly

Join EKU Libraries and Academic Affairs in honoring student excellence and academic achievement.

Email Sara McFerron (sara.mcferron@eku.edu) for more information
3:30-5:00pm

Best-of UP Showcase

Five finalists from the undergraduate division of the University Presentation Showcase will talk about their work as part of a panel discussion. They will then be recognized as recipients of the Outstanding Project Award for the showcase.

Zoom Registration

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YouTube LiveStream

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