Castleton University students will showcase their academic achievements once more in front of their peers in the fifth annual Scholars Celebration, which has become a yearly tradition.
“The Scholars Celebration is a campus-wide event to showcase student research and creative endeavors,” Dean of Special Academic Programs Ingrid Johnston said. “It happens at the end of every academic year.”
As written in a 2015 Castleton Spartan article, the hope was to expand the event. According to Johnston, that hope has become a reality.
“We still are restricting ourselves to displayed work, as opposed to oral presentations,” Johnston said, “but we had a wider range of programs represented this year. I think close to 16 different programs.”
One of those programs is the natural science program, chaired by professor Tim Grover, who sits alongside Johnston and five other committee members comprised of university staff members for the celebration.
“I’ve been involved with the celebration since it’s conception,” Grover said. “It’s grown each and every year, and it’s a great opportunity to showcase all the great original student scholarships and creative endeavors that Castleton University students do.”
However, according to both Grover and Johnston, there is one significant change that separates this year’s celebration from years past.
“This is the first year, because we’ve grown significantly, that we’re going to hold this event in the evening,” Grover said, “to try and attract more folks, both from the university community and the surrounding community.”
According to the university website, topics at the celebration are presented in a variety of different ways, ranging from senior theses to theatrical monologues. One of the students presenting this year is junior Carly Trombley.
“It’s interesting going into the event because it’s for my Spanish class, so all of my sources for my poster are in Spanish,” Trombley said.
According to Trombley, her and her partner’s poster at the celebration will look at tourism in Peru and its effects on the economy. In addition to presenting her own research, Trombley is excited to see her peer’s work as well.
“I think it’s a really great way to be acknowledged for our hard work and showcase our projects.” Trombley said.
The Castleton Scholars Celebration will take place on April 27 from 5-7:30 p.m. in the Campus Center. Students, faculty and members of the community are encouraged to attend.