A Fulbright Fellow, Karen Greiner, Ph.D., and a Certified Genetic Counselor Leigha Senter-Jamieson, MS, CGC, will be the keynote speakers at the 8th annual Celebration of Scholarship to be held March 29 and 30th at Shawnee State University.
“This is one of the most important academic events on our campus, and its purpose is to celebrate the achievements of our students in both the arts and academics,” said Pat Spradlin, event coordinator. “The event showcases student research and provides the opportunity for students to present their work to both a faculty and student audience. The Celebration of Scholarship is one way Shawnee State University is establishing a strong history of undergraduate research.”
This year’s conference will feature 230 students who will present their work related to research in their field of study, creative work in the visual and performing arts, community service and study abroad. Spradlin said 26 faculty members are volunteering as moderators for the event and 41 faculty members volunteered to serve as mentors for the students. Community residents and high school students are welcome to attend the student sessions as well as the keynote speeches. A complete list of presentations is available online at www.shawnee.edu/cos.
Karen Greiner will speak at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 29, in the Sodexo Ballroom in the University Center on “The art of asking questions: A trip through the ‘research universe’ from Belpre Ohio to Kabul Afghanistan.” She will also provide a special presentation to faculty and staff on Wednesday, March 28, at 2 p.m. in room 208 in Massie Hall.
With a Ph.D. in Health Communication from Ohio University, Greiner began a two-year Post-Doctoral fellowship at the University of South Florida (USF) where she conducts research and teaches classes related to the theme: “Sustainable societies: Building social, cultural, and environmental capital in a globalized world.” Greiner teaches Persuasion, Communication and Social Change and Communication and the Sustainable City at USF.
The other keynote speaker, Leigha Senter-Jamieson will speak on Friday, March 30, at 11 a.m. in the Flohr Lecture Hall in the Clark Memorial Library. Senter-Jamieson is a certified genetic counselor and assistant professor of internal medicine at The Ohio State University James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute in Columbus. Her work has focused on cancer genetics. Her time is divided between seeing patients concerned about familial cancer risk and conducting the research into the causes and natural history of hereditary cancer syndromes. In addition to providing an introduction to her research, Senter-Jamieson will share stories from families with hereditary cancer risks.
A number of awards will be presented during the Celebration of Scholarship to recognize the student’s outstanding work. Those awards include the SSU Board of Trustees Award, Deans Awards, Library Research Awards, the Gary Gemmer Outstanding Poster Presentation Award and the SSU Retirees Association Poster Award.
The Celebration of Scholarship will wrap up with a campus-wide picnic for students, faculty, and staff at noon on March 30 in the Sodexo Ballroom.