Annual student research event accepting applications

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Wednesday, February 19th, 2020 at 9:18 PM

Many events at Edinboro University are student-focused, allowing them the chance to lead and to work on their skills before graduation.
One such event is the annual Celebration of Scholarship, which will be hosted in Van Houten North Dining Hall on April 15.

According to Dr. Patricia Claster, chair of the planning committee: “The Celebration of Scholarship is an annual academic conference held every spring semester at Edinboro that gives graduate and undergraduate students the opportunity to present their research, scholarship and works of creativity in collaboration with faculty mentors and peers. Students create posters displaying their work and field questions from members of the Edinboro community.”

Involved in the event since its inception, and additionally serving as the chair for the last four, Claster has found the experience worthwhile.
“As someone who has taught social scientific research methods for over a decade, I am strongly committed to working with students and helping them turn their interests and ideas into research projects for presentation and publication. I take a lot of pride in this event; it gives us the opportunity to show off the awesome work our students are doing. It’s the reason we are all here.”

Part of her duties include “organizing the poster session, planning the event, advertising, reviewing submissions from students, contacting faculty advisers, and much more,” she explained.

Now in its seventh year, the event generally features work from all over campus.

“We see a variety of outstanding student-faculty works of scholarship and creativity. Students from all disciplines who are working on independent projects with faculty mentors are invited to participate,” said Claster.

Per their website, participating students will work on developing and creating their research under the advisement of a faculty member in their department. The research must be unique to the student and advisor, as repeat research posters are not permitted.

Claster added that, “we expect a clear explanation of the subject matter, the methods used and the resulting conclusions.”

Last year, the event featured 18 poster presentations, as well as over 35 student participants, she said.

One of these participants was Kimberly Mosher, who co-presented her psychology poster — “College Students’ Perceptions on Employers using Social Media to screen Job Applicants” — under the advisement of Dr. Thaddeus Rada-Bayne and Dr. Greg Morrow.

“The Celebration of Scholarship is an excellent opportunity for any student who has conducted research and is looking for a chance to present their findings in a less intimidating setting,” said Mosher. “The Edinboro staff is always so supportive, but they also offer meaningful feedback.”

Claster also made mention that if a student is on the fence, they should just submit.

“Students have nothing to lose and so much to gain by being a part of this event,” she said, going on to explain that the experience could prepare them for more. “Some students use this conference to practice presentations prior to presenting them in a regional, national or international setting.”

This is an idea seconded by Mosher. “If you are looking to present your research project at a regional or national level, this is a great first step.”

It can be more than just a chance to practice, however.

“This event gives the entire Edinboro community the chance to connect and engage in dialogue with our talented students and learn firsthand about the exciting student-faculty collaborations that are taking place at our great university,” said Claster.

For those interested in submitting to the Celebration of Scholarship, abstracts are due by Monday, March 16 by 5 p.m., and if selected, set-up of posters will be on April 15 before the event that evening.

For more information, visit the Celebration of Scholarship website, or contact Claster at

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