2016 Scholarly Forum
Memorial Union - March 1 - 2
Save the Date for the 2016 Scholarly Forum!
Graduate students and faculty and undergraduates will showcase their research and creative scholarship with oral presentations, panel discussions and poster sessions.
Dean's Lecture Series Keynote Address for 2015 was provided by Dr. Arielle Selya, Assistant Professor, Masters of Public Health program. The title of her address was "Smoking and Nicotine Addiction among Adolescents: New Methodological Approaches."
“The Music Department faculty strongly recommended that I participate in the Scholarly Forum in order to examine the subject that I love equally from educational and scholarly perspectives. At the same time, the Forum will help train me to communicate my subject with others in a way that they can easily comprehend. I find that talking about the theory and practice of choral versus operatic singing experiences in everyday language is not always easy.
Earning my advanced degree at UND has afforded me special opportunities such as the appointment to sing the soprano solo in Mendelssohn's Elijah in April, and to help lead music and conduct the children's choir at St. Thomas Aquinas Newman Center.”
-- Angela Schmaltz, MM (2016), emphasis on voice performance and pedagogy
“I feel very lucky to be part of a graduate program where I have access to top faculty and researchers. I study the prevalence and geographic distribution of amphibian disease and parasites in North Dakota amphibians. I have the opportunity to understand what environmental and host factors correlate with disease and parasite occurrence.
I’m excited to participate in UND’s Scholarly Forum because it will challenge me to explain my research to faculty and students who may know nothing about the subject. And, because we are all so isolated in our fields of study, the Forum is a great way for us to share our work with students in other departments.”
-- Melanie Firkins, MA Biology (Fall 2015)
“I came to UND after earning my bachelor’s degree in linguistics in Ghana. I’m now in the third year of my Ph.D. program, and will graduate next summer. The program affords me the opportunity to work closely with an exceptional faculty who provide their full attention to students.
This year, I am eager to participate in my third Scholarly Forum. At first, it seemed a bit intimidating to be among such accomplished scientists and researchers. But, the experience has been very rewarding and eye-opening. I have acquired the skills to translate detailed research into plain language that can be appreciated by those outside the field. It’s also energizing to see all of the amazing work by other students and faculty in a rich scholarly environment. The Forum provides us with a safe learning venue to receive feedback and guidance. This year, I will present aspects of my pre-dissertation project so that I can gain assessments and fine-tune my final work.”
--Afua Blay, Ph.D. student, Communication Sciences & Disorders (Summer, 2016)
“It is very important to have the kind of social and scholarly interaction for students that the Scholarly Forum provides. It makes good use of the diversity of UND’s students, and helps us to share research across all Colleges. The Forum offers important exposure to many disciplines of research and is valuable for students and faculty alike. In my case, as a former military and commercial pilot in Ghana, my graduate work blends the practical and theoretical aspects of aviation safety management, and I get to test my methodologies in supportive environment.”
-- Daniel Adjekum, Ph.D. candidate, Aerospace Science (2015)
“As a second generation UND graduate, I am about to earn my second degree from here. My father earned his MBA from UND and encouraged me to do the same, but I am taking the extra step to earn a doctorate in Teaching & Learning. In my graduate work, I am grateful for the professional mentorship I have experienced with the faculty, and especially for the opportunity to publish papers with professors more than once. I’m participating in my second Scholarly Forum this year. It is a great venue for learning how to translate complex research topics into accessible language. This year, I will use the Forum to practice a presentation that I have been invited to give at the American Educational Research Association annual meeting in April. And, because we become consumed with our individual doctoral research, we don’t see the scope of all the scholarly activity across campus. The Forum provides a perfect opportunity to see the amazing pioneering work that is produced at UND.”
-- Nikolaus Butz, Ph.D. candidate, Teaching & Learning (2015)
For more information please contact the School of Graduate Studies at firstname.lastname@example.org or 701-777-2784 .