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Campus hosts Undergraduate Research Conference and Honors Convocation on April 21

Posted 04/05/16

Continuing a tradition of highlighting academic excellence, Fitchburg State University will host its annual Undergraduate Conference on Research and Creative Practice on Thursday, April 21 in Hammond Hall, 160 Pearl St.

The day will also include the annual Honors Convocation at 2 p.m. in Weston Auditorium, 353 North St. All but Graduate and Continuing Education classes are canceled for the day so the campus community can celebrate student accomplishment.

The research conference includes presentations from Fitchburg State students from all departments, promoting creativity and scholarship. Faculty members serve as sponsors and judges of the student work, which takes the form of poster and oral presentations, media showings and performances.

The student work will relate to course research, creative work in the visual and performing arts, independent study, community service or study abroad.

The conference’s opening ceremony will begin at 8:30 a.m. in Ellis White Lecture Hall in Hammond Hall. Oral presentations will follow from 9 to 10 a.m. throughout Hammond, followed by poster presentations, student artwork exhibitions and puppetry performances between 10 and 11 a.m. There will be a creative writing showcase and oral presentations from 11 a.m. to noon, with a performance by the university’s Jazz Band from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Falcon Hub. Lunch will be served in the Falcon Hub at noon, with the closing ceremony at 12:30 p.m.

The 39th Honors Convocation will follow at 2 p.m. in Weston Auditorium. The ceremony will include the presentation of 225 awards and scholarships to students, along with recognition of faculty members for promotion, tenure and retirement. The faculty awards for research and excellence in teaching will also be announced at the convocation.

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