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Buena Vista University to Host Tenth Annual Scholars Day

Buena Vista University to Host Tenth Annual Scholars Day

Buena Vista University to Host Tenth Annual Scholars Day

Buena Vista University's tenth annual Scholars Day will be held on Friday, April 25 from 3-8:30 p.m. in the Harold Walter Siebens Forum on the BVU campus and is open to the public to attend.

At this annual event, students from all disciplines share their best presentations, original research, academic posters, artistic creations and performances with their peers, professors and the community.

This year's Scholars Day will feature 67 presentations from 122 students, exploring topics from art and business to science and history. From 3:30-5:30 p.m., there will be 25 verbal presentations taking place every 20 minutes, and there will be 42 poster presentations open to visit from 7-8:30 p.m.

"It's a day when we celebrate the scholarly and creative accomplishments of students from across BVU's five academic schools," said Rebecca Frates, assistant professor of graphic design and chair of the events committee. "Conducting research and producing hands-on projects like these help develop skills for professional success, and presenting to an audience is a valuable experience."

The invitation-only Scholars Day dinner will take place from 5:30-7 p.m. and will feature keynote speaker Mandy DeVries, BVU Class of 2007 and an outpatient pharmacist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. While at BVU, DeVries majored in chemistry with a minor in mathematics and completed a summer undergraduate laboratory internship at the Department of Energy's lab in Ames. She completed pharmacy school at The Ohio State University in 2011.

"Opportunities like Scholars Day, where students can share their hands-on work, encourage the sort of curiosity that lays the groundwork for a lifetime of intellectual engagement," said DeVries, who also was a Scholars Day presenter in 2005. "I spent many hours in the lab learning how to use new equipment and worked through the scientific process with my professors. We hit some bumps and had a few setbacks, but I learned that's what science and discovery is all about."