Magazine article Phi Kappa Phi Forum

Chapter Holds Conference to Highlight Student Scholarship

Magazine article Phi Kappa Phi Forum

Chapter Holds Conference to Highlight Student Scholarship

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Augusta State University senior Thomas Schumann's "Comparing Wallerstein's World-System to Marx's Understandings of Class Conflict" and "Assessing Conceptions of Public Trust and Confidence in American Government Institutions" were just two of the many diverse presentations made at the school's recent Student Research and Fine Arts Conference: Celebrating Student Success. Held on March 27 and sponsored by the ASU Phi Kappa Phi chapter, the 14th annual showcase included scholarly and artistic achievements.

"I looked forward to not only sharing my work with other students, but learning from others as well," Schumann, a criminal justice major, wrote in an email. "Seeing their projects and having the chance to ask questions and speak with other students about their work can be very motivating."

The first conference was held in 2000, Kim Davies, chapter president and chair of sociology, criminal justice and social work, explained via email. "The subtitle, 'Celebrating Student Success,' was a way to show off our students' accomplishments and coincide with a retooling of the university's mission statement and with the reaffirmation of accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. 'Fine Arts' was added in 2001."

The chapter sponsors a fall lecture and symposium, so beginning a spring event was a natural next step. The chapter's student conference committee plans and coordinates the event. This year's chairs were Jessica Reichmuth, assistant professor in the biology department, and Tadd Patton, assistant professor in the psychology department.

Patton was "excited to be a part of such a wonderful conference," he wrote in an email, calling the event "a great opportunity for students of all disciplines to showcase their hard work."

The wide-ranging lineup included oral presentations, poster presentations, displays of art, dramatic scenes and reading of original creative writing. …

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