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Student Scholarship Week 2024

The 9th Annual Scholarship Week: Celebrating the Research, Creative, and Service Accomplishments of MU Students takes place Monday through Sunday, April 15–21, 2024.

Student Scholarship Week includes week-long activities that showcase and celebrate students’ individual academic work inside and outside of the classroom as well as highlights faculty-student collaboration, across the University.

Students’ scholarly contributions in research, writing, service learning, clinical experiences (i.e., study abroad, internships), musical and theater productions, art exhibits, student development and leadership, student clubs etc. are all part of this event. Last year’s presentations can be found here:

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2023 Hawk Talk students.

Office of the President

Welcome to the 2024 Student Scholarship Week at Monmouth University
Dear Participants and Guests:
On behalf of the entire Monmouth University community, it is my pleasure to welcome you to our 2024 Student Scholarship Week, a dynamic showcase of the academic and creative endeavors of our student body. This week-long event, set against the backdrop of our vibrant campus, promises to engage, enlighten, and inspire through a series of presentations, performances, and exhibitions that highlight the depth and breadth of our students’ scholarship and research.
From the Hawk Talks that kick off our week to the diverse range of activities spanning disciplines from the sciences to the arts, every session is a testament to the curiosity, dedication, and excellence that define the Monmouth University student experience. Our program includes not only traditional academic presentations but also innovative exhibitions and performances, reflecting the diverse talents and interests of our student community.
We are proud to host a variety of sessions that invite collaboration, discussion, and discovery, facilitated by our dedicated faculty and the enthusiastic participation of students. This year, the inclusion of virtual exhibitions and online discussions ensures that our community’s scholarly dialogue reaches beyond campus boundaries, inviting participation from afar.
As you peruse the research abstracts in the Scholarship Week program and participate in the events of the week, I encourage you to engage fully with the ideas and creativity on display. The work of these students represents their individual academic journeys and also the larger tapestry of knowledge and culture at Monmouth. The student research presentations and projects are not just assignments completed, but stepping stones toward their future contributions to our society and world.
I am grateful to our faculty and staff who have helped guide and support our students’ scholarly ambitions. I am likewise grateful to our cross-disciplinary steering committee whose collaborative efforts have helped to develop an outstanding roster of programs and activities for Scholarship Week 2024
Thank you for joining us in celebrating the achievements of our students. I hope the events of the week offer you insight, inspiration, and a renewed appreciation for the power of education to transform lives and communities.
Dr. Patrick F. Leahy

2024 Scholarship Week Committee

  • Shannon (Nikki) Clifford, Acting Dean, School of Nursing & Health Sciences (Co-Chair)
  • Kurt Wagner, University Librarian (Co-Chair)
  • LoriAnne Perrine, Executive Assistant to the Provost
  • Jim Pillar, Vice President for Student Life
  • Jenny Ross, Acting Dean, Honors School
  • MyKellan Maloney, Global Education
  • Leon Hess School of Business
    • Janeth Merkle, Assistant Dean
    • Jonathan Daigle, Assistant Professor, Economics, Finance and Real Estate
  • School of Education
    • Alex Romagnoli, Interim Associate Dean
    • Carol McArthur-Amedeo, Program Director, Lecturer, Special Education
    • Danielle Frith, Specialist Professor, Special Education
  • Wayne D. McMurray School of Humanities and Social Sciences
    • Rich Veit, Interim Provost/SVPAA and Professor, History & Anthropology
    • Michele Van Volkolm, Senior Lecturer, Psychology
    • Beth Sara Swanson, Lecturer, English
  • Marjorie K. Unterberg School of Nursing and Health Studies
    • Nikki Clifford, Acting Dean
    • Jaime Myers, Associate Professor, Health and Physical Education
  • School of Science
    • John Tiedemann, Assistant Dean
    • Jason Adolf, Endowed Professor of Marine Science, Biology, and Urban Coast Institute
  • School of Social Work
    • Leah Lazzaro, Acting Dean
    • Paul Urbanski, Associate Professor

Featured Events

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Saturday, April 13

Sunday, April 14

Monday, April 15

The Hawk Talks event will highlight the rich diversity of events offered during Student Scholarship Week by including student work from all academic disciplines, including graduate and undergraduate students, in one premier interdisciplinary event. The event format will showcase student work through poster presentations and eight-minute TED-talk style presentations. Refreshments will be served.

  • Hawk Talks (10 a.m.–11:30 a.m.)
    • See the 2024 Hawk Talk abstracts HERE
  • Reception (11:30 a.m.)
  • University-wide Poster Expo Opening
    • Student Center, Anacon A/B
    • Poster Session I – 12 p.m.-1 p.m.
    • Poster Session II – 1 p.m.-2 p.m.

Tuesday, April 16

  • Posters and Pizza
    • Student Center, Anacon A/B
    • Session I – 12 p.m.-1 p.m

Wednesday, April 17

  • Posters and Pizza
    • Student Center, Anacon A/B
    • Session II – 12 p.m.- 1 p.m.

Thursday, April 18

  • University-wide Poster Exposition (final day)
    • Student Center, Anacon A/B

Friday, April 19

Saturday, April 20th

Sunday, April 21

  • Department of Psychology Undergraduate Student Conference, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., The Great Hall