Student Scholars Day to celebrate research, creative projects

Portrait of Susan Mendoza
Susan Mendoza

Hundreds of Grand Valley students will showcase their research or creative projects during the annual Student Scholars Day on April 10. 

Now in its 28th year, Student Scholars Day recognizes not only the students’ academic journey, but also their personal growth, said Susan Mendoza, director of the Center for Undergraduate Scholar Engagement.

“For a lot of students, they learn more about their discipline and themselves as they engage in research,” Mendoza said. “It’s not this thing that’s completely separate from ourselves, but it is part of ourselves and our intellectual development and journey.”

Imani Perry, the Henry A. Morss, Jr. and Elisabeth W. Morss Professor of Studies of Women, Gender and Sexuality and of African and African American Studies at Harvard University, will deliver the keynote address to kick off the event.

Perry’s address is scheduled for 4 p.m. on April 9 in the Pere Marquette Room at the Kirkhof Center.

Perry, a columnist for The Atlantic, received the 2022 National Book Award for Nonfiction for her work, “South to America: A Journey Below the Mason-Dixon to Understand the Soul of a Nation.”

She's the perfect person to kick off the celebration,” Mendoza said. “She'll be talking about her research and also her journey as a scholar in that process. 

“That's the piece we want students to understand and to explore. Research and scholarship isn't simply about the act of doing research and scholarship. It's about their development and transformation during that process.”

For more information, visit the Student Scholars Day website


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