Scholarship Week Commences at Monmouth

default article imageMonmouth University has begun its fourth annual Student Scholarship Week from April 22 to April 28. More than 1,000 students will present their work in more than 35 events, including poster sessions, panels, and performances.

Laura Moriarty, Ph.D., Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs explains that Scholarship Week is a week-long conference showcasing and celebrating academic work inside and outside of the classroom, and it highlights faculty-student collaboration. 

Scholarly contributions in research, writing, service learning, clinical experiences, study abroad, internships, musical and theater productions, art exhibits, student development and leadership, and student clubs are all part of this event. “Students should support fellow colleagues by attending events that are of interest to them,” she said. 

The celebration will include faculty-student collaborations, along with poster sessions, panels, and performances. Featured events include Hawk Talks, Interprofessional Exhibitions, and Service Learning Showcases.

“Scholarship is the center of our mission as a university, and we are proud to celebrate the outcomes of our outstanding students and their faculty mentors at this conference. Whether you are a graduating senior, a prospective student, a family member or a neighbor, you will find something to engage your interest in the diverse programming schedule of events,” says University President Grey Dimenna, Esq., in his Welcome Letter. 

A new feature event, Global Scholarship Showcase, ran on Monday, April 22 in the Edison Atrium. It highlighted student achievements away from campus as part of study abroad, international activities, and departmental club activities. The event included students who also are engaged in global learning activities without traveling internationally. 


Students presented their research in photo essays/posters, short videos, and in seven-minute-motivator presentations, which focus on one significant outcome of the global learning experience. Topics to be covered include: “Global Barriers to Women’s Health,” “World Mental Health: The German Perspective,” “Reflections on International and Domestic Practices of Service-Learning,” “Global Social Work: Lessons from the Field,” and “The Kite Runner: Novel Significance”

Richard Viet, Ph.D., Chair of the Department of History and Anthropology, and a professor of archaeology and history, helped develop the Hawk Talk event, which he said allowed students to share their own work in an interdisciplinary format. The Hawk Talks showcase student work through poster presentations and five-minute TED-talk style presentations. 

“Dr. [Stan] Green (a professor of history and arthrology) and I had the pleasure of working as mentors/coaches for the students who are doing Hawk Talks. These students are presenting on research topics or other projects they took on here at Monmouth University,” said Viet. “The Hawk Talks are modeled on the famous Ted talks and the students have to present their research through brief, compelling presentations.” 

Viet continued, “The topics are diverse and reflect many different fields of study including the humanities, science, and social sciences.  It is an honor to work with the students on one of the signature events of Scholarship Week. I highly recommend attending the HawkTalks. I learned a lot from hearing about the students’ work and am looking forward to seeing their final presentations.”

Namra Shueib, a senior accounting student who presented “The Kite Runner: Novel Significance” said, “Scholarship Week is a great way for students to showcase some of their greatest work they have done inside the classroom. It allows the audience to broaden their horizons about topics they may not know about.” 

The Schools of Social Work, Education, and Nursing and Health Studies highlight student research and practice reflections. Posters will be presented in Anacon Hall on Thursday, April 25 and will discuss: experiential education and clinical practice reflections, proposed research, completed research or research in progress, or other scholarly work. 

On Friday, April 26, Service Learning Showcase will take place in Wilson Hall. The Service Learning Showcase is an interdisciplinary event where students critically reflect upon their service learning course experiences. The University said that service learning fosters an ethic of service and civic responsibility through mutually beneficial partnerships associated with a course that enable semester-long collaborations among students, faculty, and community partners.

Topics to be covered include: “Working with Students with IEPs,” Education and Socioeconomic Status: “The Achievement Gap,” and “Psychological and Philosophical Foundations of Education,” among several others.   

PHOTO COURTESY of Monmouth University