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April 17 - 23, 2017 | 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

Monmouth Student Scholarship Week: Celebrating Academic Creativity is a weeklong conference that will showcase and celebrate students’ academic work inside and outside of the classroom as well as highlight faculty-student collaboration, across the University. This includes highlighting students’ scholarly contributions in research, writing, service learning, musical and theater productions, art exhibits, etc. Scholarship Week will take place April 17-23, 2017. All events are free and open to everyone.

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Keynote Speaker

Susan Scheiner, Assistant Director of Content, Sesame Street

“Turning Research into Practice: The Sesame Street Story”

Saturday, April 22
11:15am-12:15pm (Light refreshments will be served)
Wilson Auditorium

Susan Scheiner advises not only on the television series but on related products, games, publishing, and formal learning projects. Her experience extends to other children’s shows as well, including Pinky Dinky Doo and The Electric Company. Through the years, she has developed curricula that have guided content in academic areas such as literacy, math, and STEM; as well as socio-emotional topics including divorce, race relations, bullying and kindness. Susan is a graduate from Cornell University with a BS in Human Development and Family Studies, and from Teachers College, Columbia University with an MA in Human Development.

Featured Events

Hawk Talks
Tuesday, April 18
5:00 -8:00pm
Wilson Hall 1st Floor

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 premiere interdisciplinary event. The event format will showcase student work through poster presentations and 5-minute TED-talk style presentations. Refreshments will be served.


Special Topic: Gender
Monday, April 17
Club Dining Room

Eight students will present on a special topic regarding gender. They will focus on gender and marketing, gender and magazines, and gender and socioeconomic success. Light refreshments will be served.


Interprofessional Exhibition
Monday, April 17
5:00 -6:30pm
Anacon A&B

The Schools of Social Work, Education, and Nursing and Health Studies have come together to develop an interdisciplinary poster session to highlight our students’ research and practice reflections. This session includes a brief (20 minute) panel discussion, "Rett Syndrome: An Interprofessional Perspective," and an hour-long poster session. Refreshments will be served.


Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Session
Wednesday, April 19
Young AUD, Bey Hall

This will be an interdisciplinary session featuring talks from the Social Sciences. We will have undergraduate speakers from Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology, Criminal Justice, and Political Science. Light refreshments will be served.


Service Learning Showcase
Thursday, April 20
The Club, Magill Commons

The Service Learning Showcase is an interdisciplinary event celebrating service learning projects from many disciplines, including English, Communication, Education, World Languages, Social Work, and Health Studies, among others. Students will critically reflect on their service learning courses and experiences in the local community to educate the campus community about the scope and impact of service learning initiatives in which faculty and students are engaged. Refreshments will be served.


Engaging Community and University in Asbury Park
Thursday, April 20
Club Dining Room

Using a Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grant, the Asbury Park Housing Authority, the City of Asbury Park and Monmouth University were engaged in the development of a needs assessment to West Side residents. Faculty and students from the Wayne D. McMurray School of Humanities and Social Sciences and the School of Social Work have been working in Asbury Park since September of 2016 on the development of the needs assessment survey instrument and in interviewing Asbury Park residents who live on the West Side. This presentation will involve members of the Asbury Park Housing Authority, Monmouth faculty and students, and Asbury Park Community members describing the nature of this community-university collaboration, the process of surveying residents and presentation of data from the survey.


All Week

Animation Display
April 17-21
All Day
Rechnitz Hall Front Lobby

Students will display the production process for their group animation project from the spring 2017 semester. The presentation will take the form of posters accompanied by the animations and making of videos playing on video monitors, and some physical production artifacts. They documented their process, from initial idea and research through storyboard to final product.


Graphic Design Display
April 17-21
All Day
Rechnitz Hall Front Lobby

Senior graphic design majors work with not-for-profit clients during ​the fall semester of their senior year experience. During this time they learn about their clients’ area of focus and design and produce actual collateral designs for the client. In the spring, the students research an area of focus based on the subject matter of the not-for-profit organization. The final research-based artifact is shown through an information map or poster(s) of the students’ research.


Projection Mapping Display
April 17-21
All Day
Rechnitz Hall Front Lobby

During fall semester 2016, students from Motion Graphics 2 (AR 391) worked with boardwalk real estate management company Madison Marquette to create a large holiday video. The 21 minute motion graphic video played during the annual tree lighting ceremony in Asbury Park’s Convention Hall to an audience of over 1,000 people.



Open Classroom: Education in Latin America
Science Building 114

This is a student presentation on the subject of education in Latin America within the frame of the course FS 310 Culture and Civilization of Latin America.


Open Classroom: First-Year Composition Service Learning
Turrell Boardroom, Bey Hall 201

Students in two first-year composition courses will talk about their experiences as participants in the first-year composition service learning initiative. The students will explain the goals and purposes of service learning. To illustrate their discussion, the students will display posters that they created as part of the project. They will describe the types of service-learning they were each involved in, how the project developed, and how research played a role in their learning.


Open Classroom: Culture of Italy
Plangere 222

​Students will research and discuss the various cultural aspects of Italy from art, music, literature and other, according to the interest of each individual researcher.


Hess Excellence in Scholarship Series
Pozycki 1st Floor

The Excellence in Scholarship Series provides the opportunity for students in the Leon Hess Business School to highlight their academic work over that last academic year.


Sweeney Todd
8:00-10:15pm (Doors open at 7:30pm)
Woods Theatre

Boom Roasted Productions is proud to present its third student produced musical, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Working in association with a faculty director, the students produce, co-direct, design, choreograph, and conduct the entire performance. To reserve your free tickets, please contact Boom Roasted Productions at Include the discount code “SCHOLARSHIP” in the subject line.


Open Classroom: The Millennial Monster
Club Dining Room

Several sections of EN102 this semester center around horror films as a subject for rhetorical analysis. Students are exploring how horror films may be analyzed as cultural artifacts that reveal, reflect, and allegorize specific fears and anxieties of their respective eras. The students’ final project will be to write an addendum to our course text that exposes the “Millennial Monster” of their generation. In addition to the written piece, students are required to present their work multimodally; this poster presentation represents the visual requirement of that project.


Open Classroom: Roma/Gypsies in History, Literature, and Pop Culture
Wilson 310

​The students of PR403will organize and deliver team presentations on various aspects of Roma history & culture and on representations of Gypsies in Literature, Film, and Pop Culture.


Open Classroom: Applications of Social Justice and Human Rights in Social Work
Pozycki Auditorium

​Students in this master degree program spend the first semester of a hybrid two-course sequence learning about the implications of social justice and human rights and design a project that will advance social justice and human rights in their field internship or in the community. In the second semester, students implement their project, evaluate it, and present on it. There are 5 sections of the course (approximately 100 students), and in this session, 4-5 students that have been selected by their peers will present their final projects.


Open Classroom: Service Learning Project from the Asbury Towers
Club Lounge, Magill Commons

Throughout the semester, EN102 students are partnering with senior citizens from the Asbury Towers affordable housing complex in Asbury Park, NJ. The students are interviewing the senior volunteers and writing booklets about the seniors’ memories, entitled “Life Reflections.” The students and seniors will share selections from the “Life Reflections” booklets they have jointly produced. Additionally, both groups–MU students and Asbury Park senior citizens– will share valuable lessons they have learned from their “partnered” experience, with an emphasis on how they have helped to dispel harmful stereotypes such as “ageism” by working together and getting to know one another. Light refreshments will be served.


Honors School Undergraduate Research Colloquium
Library 101, 102, 206, SR2B

Undergraduate Honors School students discuss their work-in-progress theses.


Open Classroom: Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics
Plangere 138

​Students will use their knowledge and skills acquired in the Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics course to explain variations and regionalisms of native and English speakers in order to recognize the relationship between culture, language, geography, gender, and social status through linguistic interpretation of native and non-native Spanish language speakers.


Classical Fun: Chamber Orchestra
Wilson Auditorium

A joyous program of music presented by the students, faculty, staff, and administrators of Monmouth University. This year’s music is centered around American composers and arrangers.


Astronomy Observation
Wilson Hall Roof

​Join this open observation with an astronomy student guide. A student will guide “naked eye” observations and a telescope observation.


Open Classroom: The Millennial Monster
Club Dining Room

Several sections of EN102 this semester center around horror films as a subject for rhetorical analysis. Students are exploring how horror films may be analyzed as cultural artifacts that reveal, reflect, and allegorize specific fears and anxieties of their respective eras. The students’ final project will be to write an addendum to our course text that exposes the “Millennial Monster” of their generation. In addition to the written piece, students are required to present their work multimodally; this poster presentation represents the visual requirement of that project. 


School of Science Sixteenth Annual Student Research Conference
New Science Building, Multipurpose Room (201) and Lobby

The School of Science Student Research Conference highlights the results of research projects being conducted by undergraduate students in the departments of Biology, Chemistry & Physics, Computer Science & Software Engineering, and Mathematics.

The conference provides students with the opportunity to present their work via poster presentations to their peers as well as interested faculty members, invited guests, family and friends. The event culminates with a reception and Deans’ Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Research. This year’s conference will also feature a keynote address from Bruce Kratz, Vice President for Research and Development, Sparta Systems, Inc., Hamilton, NJ.


This is What Democracy Sounds Like
The Shadow Lawn in front of Wilson Hall
Student Center Cafeteria (rain location)

Performances and presentations made by students on important moments throughout history to empower all students and to learn how to express ourselves peacefully.


Blue Hawk Records Album Release Show
Residence Quad

Blue Hawk Records, Monmouth University’s student-run record label will be releasing its 10th studio record featuring students from Monmouth University.


Creative Writing After Undergrad: Graduate Study and the World Beyond
Club Lounge, Magill Commons

A panel of creative writers that includes MU undergrads, grads, and alumni who are working in literary fields. Following a short reading period wherein the students all share excerpts of their work, a current graduate student will lead a panel discussion about creative writing during and after their years at MU, and to balance artistic practice with more pragmatic concerns. The panel will address the questions of current students related to craft issues, process, employment in the field, further study options, and collaboration.


Open Classroom: Business and Professional Communication
Pollak Theatre

This session offers ten, 5-7 minute persuasive presentations in a TEDTalk format. The theme is TEDxMU: Persuasion. Students are to present a persuasive argument in support of or against a specific topic or issue using a combination of sources that support said argument and personal perspectives or viewpoints. They are to deliver a cohesive presentation in a team presentation format.


Open Classroom: ​Communication Senior Seminar poster session
Plangere Downstairs Lobby

​​Communication Senior Seminar poster session exploring semester theme.


Open Classroom: ​“Another English: Anglophone poets and poetries”
Science Building 114

​​A graduate symposium organized by the instructor and the graduate students of EN530 (Contemporary World Literature). Students will deliver brief presentations on their scholarship. This symposium will give them the opportunity to share their work, provide participants with constructive feedback, and hone important academic skills, especially as related to crafting and delivering a mini conference presentation.


Open Classroom: ​Responsive Media
Plangere 206

​​The AR/CO404 Responsive Media class as a whole is working with a real-world client as one large team to design solutions to a real-world challenge for the Monmouth University Library. Tasks, deadlines, and workflow are decided amongst the team with input and guidance from client and instructor. Using the framework of design thinking, students learn about the culture and values of their client and stakeholders, they discover the design issues they will address, they research the issues, they organize insights and materials, they document, they prototype with old and new technologies, they ideate and iterate designs, they critique, and they offer prototypes as solutions to the design issues. There are five sub-teams which handle the various workflows on the prototypes: 1)Strategy, Research, and Writing; 2)Content Creation; 3) Web Front End; 4)Development/UX; and 5)PR and Social Media.


Exploration and Discovery Dance Performance
Woods Theatre

An evening of dance that celebrates the choreographic process. The concert will feature choreography developed by DA 301 (Choreography) throughout the Spring 2017 semester. The concert will also include performances by the Jazz 1 Dance course (DA 209) and by students learning professional company repertoire by the professor.


Open Classroom: MU Student Performance Work-in-Progress: Race, Inclusion, & MU’s Woodrow Wilson Legacy
Plangere 235

Students CO/TH 335 “Group Performance” class conducted research and campus interviews in order to develop an original group performance that explores themes of race and inclusion and the complexity of Woodrow Wilson’s legacy at MU and beyond. This performance is a work-in-progress intended to pose provocative questions, encourage critical thinking, and further collective dialogue about race and inclusion at MU. Co-sponsored and supported by “CommWorks: Students Committed to Performance.”


Public History Practicums: Preparing for Life after Monmouth
Howard Hall 316

Many incorrectly assume that history majors only want to teach at the k-12 or college level. In fact, there are a variety of career paths available to them in the public history sector—as curators, archivists, cultural resources managers, historic site interpreters, and more. In this panel discussion, select history students will discuss the ways in which they left the classroom for the field, putting their textbook readings to use, networking, and growing their CVs as they prepared for life after Monmouth.


Open Classroom: Culture of Italy
Rechnitz 115

​Students will research and discuss the various cultural aspects of Italy from art, music, literature and other, according to the interest of each individual researcher.



A Rodgers and Hammerstein Tribute
Wilson Hall, 1st Floor

An exploration of the music of the world famous Broadway musicals, Sound of Music, Oklahoma, South Pacific, State Fair, and others, performed by Monmouth University choirs and soloists with historical/contextual narration.

Criminal Justice Research Colloquium
Student Center 202B, 202C, Afflitto Conference Room

The Criminal Justice Research Colloquium is an opportunity for Criminal Justice and Homeland Security students to present the results of the research projects they complete in Senior Seminar. The projects include a summary of existing literature on a variety of research topics related to Criminal Justice and Homeland Security, a research design for collecting and analyzing data, and the results of statistical analyses. Research topics range from the effects of gender on fear of crime on campus to the effects of race on students’ traffic stop experiences and perceptions of domestic counterterrorism measures.


United Nations and the Sustainable Development Goals – activities to support the SDG’s at Monmouth University
Wilson 104

The event aims to showcase the activities that have been carried out so far at Monmouth University, in relation to the University’s affiliation program with the United Nations. This program aims to involve MU faculty and students in initiatives related to the mission and goals of the United Nations: in particular, the Sustainable Development Goals (, 17 targets whose realization is of vital importance for the planet. Students from the School of Social Work, the School of Education, the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, and Ranney High School will participate through poster sessions and presentations.


Open Classroom: Social Media Showcase
Plangere 206

Students will showcase their digital work from throughout the semester, including but not limited to their blogs and accompanying social media platforms. Students will be available to answer questions and share their experiences working with digital media and new social networking platforms. 


Open Classroom: Roma/Gypsies in History, Literature, and Pop Culture
Wilson 310

​The students of PR403will organize and deliver team presentations on various aspects of Roma history & culture and on representations of Gypsies in Literature, Film, and Pop Culture.


Honors School Research Conference
Library 101

Fourteen students will present their Honors School theses in multiple disciplines.


Popular Culture and Historical Writing: Three Master’s Theses Presented Panel
Turrell Boardroom

  • Kathy Kelly will offer a historical examination of Jinn and popular imagination
  • Todd King will offer a historical examination of the socio-cultural significance of Teen Titans
  • Nicholas Fenimore will offer a socio-political overview of Batman and Superman in the context of late twentieth century American history


Political Science Conference
1:00-6:00pm (Bey Hall)
5:30-8:30pm Banquet (Pozycki 2nd Floor)

​The conference consists of a series of panel presentations during the afternoon where students present their research in a conference-setting. The panels are followed by an awards banquet in the evening. 

Department of History and Anthropology Senior Seminar
Magill Commons

The Department of History and Anthropology’s senior seminar is an opportunity for senior students to present on their research on topics relating to history and anthropology. Students give brief presentations based on their work in our senior seminar courses.


All I need to know I learned on Sesame Street: The careers behind creating science-based children’s television programs
Wilson 106

Come have a one-on-one conversation with Scholarship Week keynote speaker Susan Scheiner, Assistant Director of Content for Sesame Street, who is responsible for advising not only on the television series but related products, games, publishing, and formal learning projects. Ask her questions about internship opportunities with Sesame Workshop, and about careers in children’s media production, children’s digital media, and toys/products. Find out how she leveraged her college degree to have a career that is one of a kind (how many people have Elmo as a colleague?) and makes a difference in children’s lives across the globe.

Department of Psychology Undergraduate Conference
Wilson Hall

The Department of Psychology undergraduate conference is the longest running conference of its kind in the country. Consistent with our department’s motto, “Pick Your Own Little Piece of the World and Improve It” the conference highlights students’ intellectual contributions in research and at their internships. Students present empirical research from their Senior Thesis in a paper or poster presentation, while students share their internship experiences, including how their internship influenced their career plans.


Jazz Concert
Woods Theatre

The Jazz Hawks will present a varied repertoire of Latin, Swing, Bebop, and Ballads.

Department of Art and Design Annual Student Show Opening Reception
Rechnitz Hall

The Annual Student Show features selected works by Monmouth University students in Photography, Graphic Design, Animation, and Studio Art.