FHSU plans its first-ever Research and Creative Activity Week to celebrate scholarship

HAYS, KS -- Departments all across the Fort Hays State University campus will display faculty publications and posters, hold presentations on faculty and student research, and offer exhibitions and demonstrations from April 25 to May 1 in celebration of scholarship at FHSU.

What is intended to be the first annual FHSU Research and Creative Activity Week is sponsored by the Research Environment Committee, the Faculty Research Association, the Graduate School and the Provost's Office. Financial assistance came from the Graduate School and from the Provost's Office.

" Forsyth Library and Sternberg Museum are participating as well, and more than 70 activities are planned, including panel discussions about the role and definition of research at FHSU and workshops on getting grant funding," said Dr. John Heinrichs, associate professor of geosciences and one of the weeks planners.

" One of the high points," he said, "will be the annual Sigma Xi Science Research Showcase on Wednesday in the Black and Gold Room, at which students and faculty will participate in a poster session to display their scientific work."

Other features of the week are week-long exhibits and displays, such as the "60th Anniversary of the Death of Franklin Delano Roosevelt" exhibit in Forsyth Library, at the American Democracy Project display in the library, and various displays of faculty research in the various academic buildings.

Each day also has its own research presentations and demonstrations, such as the Sternberg Museum of Natural History demonstration of how to prepare museum exhibits on Tuesday and numerous displays of research papers and posters.

A full listing is available by clicking on the "Research and Creative Activity Week" link on the FHSU Web site's home page, www.fhsu.edu.

" This special week, which was developed and planned by a faculty-led committee, will celebrate the scholarly accomplishments of our faculty and students and provide an opportunity for sharing those accomplishments across the FHSU family," said Dr. Edward H. Hammond, FHSU president, in a message to the university.

" As you remember from my address at the beginning of the year, enhancing the environment for research and scholarship at FHSU is one of our institution's major strategic goals," he continued, "and Research and Creative Activity Week is an important part of this initiative."

" This is a celebration of scholarship at FHSU and an opportunity for faculty and students to become better acquainted with the exciting work being done on our campus," said Dr. Larry Gould, FHSU provost.

" The Research Environment Committee, which I formed at the beginning of this academic year to continue the work of the Research Environment Task Force, has been planning this event for several months. The fruits of their labor can be seen in the brochure that was distributed across campus listing all of the activities taking place next week," said Gould.

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