April 16, 2015 • Anonymous
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The Annual Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement Fair took place in Reid Castle on April 15. The event, which is sponsored by the Castle Scholars Honors Program, celebrates undergraduate achievement from the past academic year.
This year’s fair featured more than 70 student presentations ranging from papers, posters, and ePortfolios to fine arts pieces, films, music, and theatre performances.
“I think we have a little bit of everything. It’s a pretty good array of student interest,” said Elizabeth Cherry, director of the Castle Scholars Honors Program and assistant professor of Sociology and Anthropology.
This was the second straight year the event became the sole purpose of the Castle Scholars Spring Service course, a class dedicated to the planning of the fair. “Last year’s fair really set the model because it was the first year that we had a class organize it; this year we’re just trying to build upon their success,” said Cherry.
This year’s student organizers include Emma Banevicius ’17, Arianah Bell ’17, Calía Borden ’16, Kristin Memoli ’15, Megan Quinabo ’17, Jatnna Rivas ’17, Patricia Rodriguez-Diaz ’15, and Bianca Rosario Ramirez ’17.
“Having students organize this has been the key component,” emphasized Cherry. “They are invested in it, they get their friends invested in it, and it’s not something that only a handful of faculty do and then some students show up.”
Memoli said that putting the event together was a learning experience. “I learned a lot about how much goes into planning an event, which I hadn’t really thought about before. This was also a great opportunity to get to know other Castle Scholars. We all bonded over this.”
“I had never done something like this so being part of this event showed me that I am capable of doing it,” said Rivas. “It was great to work with other people that I had never met before. I think we all grew through this experience.”
This article was written by Alexandra Espinal '16.
Photos were taken by Catherine Poarch '15.
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