The University of Lynchburg’s 2023 Student Scholar Showcase, an annual day that celebrates student research, will take place throughout the day on Wednesday, April 5, in various locations on campus. The showcase will feature a variety of academic presentations and performances and is free and open to the public.
Attendees will “experience our thriving academic community — a community in which talented and dedicated faculty members challenge and encourage students daily,” Provost Dr. Allison Jablonski said.
“The student presentations demonstrate their ability to think critically, to argue with discernment, to reason quantitatively, and to speak and write effectively.”
Professor of Athletic Training Dr. Tom Bowman, who coordinates the Student Scholar Showcase, concurs.
“We’re excited for students to disseminate the scholarship they’ve completed under the mentorship of University faculty,” he said. “Students from a broad range of academic disciplines will participate, and we’re looking forward to them engaging with members of the University and the Lynchburg community.”
The event — and the research leading up to it — will help students prepare for future careers, he added.
More than 130 students have signed up to present their research or other academic work. Topics will range from presentations on athlete recovery, concussions, and tick-borne diseases to a behind-the-scenes look at props creation for the recent Lynchburg Theatre production “Clue.”
Several classrooms in Schewel Hall will host presentations beginning at 8 a.m. Art students will display inflatable sculptures on the Dell throughout the day, while musical theatre students will perform selections from Curtain Call’s Spring Cabaret from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Hailey Theatre in the Dillard Fine Arts Center. There also will be theatrical scenic painting in front of the Daura Museum of Art.
Music presentations will happen from 1:45 to 3 p.m. in Schewel Hall’s Sydnor Performance Hall, and a reading of Arden of Faversham from 4 to 6 p.m. in Hall Campus Center’s Memorial Ballroom. Health sciences students will present from 2 to 4:30 p.m. in the Hopwood Auditorium. All poster presentations, representing broad academic disciplines, will be hosted in Turner Gymnasium from noon to 1:30 p.m.
Topics vary from “The Rescue Drug, Naloxone, and the Opioid Epidemic: The Benefits and Dangers of Access by the General Public and How it May Impact Opioid Overdose Fatalities in Rural Appalachia” to “Reclaiming an Identity: The Impacts of The Racial Integrity Act of 1924 on The Identity Construction of Present-Day Monacan Indians in Amherst County, Virginia” to “Enhancement and Standardization of Climate-Related Disclosures for Investors.”
A full schedule of presentations and locations is on the University website.
For more information about the Student Scholar Showcase, email Bowman at email@example.com.