Anderson University celebrated student academic work at the second annual Scholars’ Day on April 26. The event in Reardon Auditorium featured poster presentations from more than 20 students, representing various academic departments on campus.
"AU Scholars' Day shows the incredible work that our students can do," said chemistry professor and Scholars’ Day organizer Dr. Chad Wallace. "It is a way to share this good news between our various academic departments, with the student body at large, and with the community outside of AU."
Each participant put together an abstract about what they worked on for the academic year or their college career. The abstracts were then put together in a program and separated in two presentation groups. Viewers at the event could easily locate each student’s work in the program and also visit each group's presentations. Visitors were welcome to engage the students and ask questions about their research.
Many students presenting at Scholars' Day are taking a required class or independent study. But sophomore J. Alex Karel, a chemistry and physics double major, was anxious to get hands-on experience researching. He spent 500 hours over the summer of 2010 doing a noncredit independent research study on "Investigating the Durability and Leaching of an Antimicrobial Agent." With the help of Dr. Scott Kennedy, professor of chemistry, Karel was able to work with Aurum Consulting, LLC and Coeus Technology at the Flagship Enterprise Center. This summer, Karel will continue his research.
Senior Bible and religion and psychology double major Rachel Miller took a capstone year-long class at AU where she was able to conduct research on a topic she was interested in: mythology. Through interviews and literature, Miller studied the collective mythology of Anderson University students.
"It is special to see people interested in something I have researched and invested time in for the academic year," said Miller.
Miller plans to attend Emery University for graduate school this fall to combine her passion for religion with psychology. She hopes eventually to teach at the collegiate level.
Though many students presented individually, the Raven Investment Fund was a group of 10 students from the Falls School of Business portfolio management class. This class provides students real-world investment experience. Started in 2007, the fund began with $10,000 and each January increases an additional $100,000 through an endowment fund. Over the years, the class has made an 18 percent return for Anderson University.
"It is exciting to see AU students become life-long learners. We have many students who have begun to apply what they learn in the classroom into practice in the real world," said Wallace. "Many of these students have worked very closely with AU professors and are learning first-hand the lasting benefits of being part of the academy by doing careful research and sharing that information."
Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson continues to be recognized as a top Christian college: in 2010, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the seventh consecutive year. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing and theology.