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More than 700 CSB and SJU students will present research at Celebrating Scholarship & Creativity Day

Celebrating Scholarship & Creativity Day 2023 is set for April 27 at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University. More than 700 students are registered to present their research, creative work, or scholarship at the 23rd annual event. A full schedule is available at:

The Office of Undergraduate Research & Scholars (OURS) will be hosting a scholars reception breakfast from 7:45-8:15 a.m. The reception is for students and faculty who have received research awards and engaged with our programs and fellowships this year, including the CSC Day Spotlight, Emerging Scholars Program, 2022 Summer Collaborative Grant teams, Innovation Scholars, and Distinguished Thesis Scholars.

At 8:15 a.m. we invite the campus community to join us in Upper Gorecki at Saint Ben’s for our CSC Day Kickoff Celebration! The celebration will include remarks from CSB and SJU President Brian Bruess and OURS representatives and will recognize our numerous scholars, including the CSC Day Spotlight Recipients. Immediately after the kickoff, the Large Poster Session will begin and run until 10 a.m. More than 100 students will showcase their research ranging from math to exercise health and sport studies, to psychology.

This year’s CSC Day theme is Celebrating YOU. It honors students’ unique experience at CSB and SJU! Special presentations will be highlighted throughout the day’s events that demonstrate how students can leverage our unique Integrations Curriculum, majors, and co-curricular experiences to change their personal and professional lives. Some presentations to note include:

  • CSC Day X INTG 300 Collaboration Video Session from 8:15-10 a.m. in the president’s dining room at CSB. INTG 300, the new capstone course for the Integrations Curriculum, challenges students to pull together their liberal arts experience and reflect on their growth. In spoken essays, students will share their reflections on their unique CSB and SJU education journey.
  • Honors Scholars Community Outreach Projects at 1:00 p.m. in HAB 102. Students in our unique Honors Scholars for Community & Collaborative Leadership will share their community outreach research projects under the guidance of Dr. Brittany Merritt Nash of the history department, and Dr. Sucharita Muckherjee of the economics department.
  • “We’re Here” viewing and conversation at 5 p.m. in the Multicultural Center at CSB. We’re Here is a project that aims to amplify diverse voices on the CSB and SJU campuses, completed by Emerging Scholar Jazmin Acuna Diaz and mentor Dr. Christi Siver. Because of CSB and SJU’s geography, many students have not had the opportunity to learn about various backgrounds. We’re Here includes a series of short interviews accessible to students as a way to learn more about their peers. This introduction to cross-cultural competence will teach students how to ask respectful questions, why culture is important, and how to create an inclusive environment.

Concurrent sessions will run from 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. You will find numerous departmental poster sessions, oral presentations, panel sessions, and exhibitions across both campuses. The last session of the day takes place at 7 p.m. when Extending the Link will debut its 2022-23 documentary on climate-change-induced migration. This year’s film focuses on the impact of the climate crisis in The Bahamas. “Born, Bred, Ga Dead” opens a window to the vibrant Bahamian culture through personal interviews filmed at CSB and SJU and in The Bahamas.

Students present on CSC DayStudents present their research during a Celebrating Scholarship & Creativity Day event at the Alcuin Library at Saint John’s.

CSC in Great Hall

Students from the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University present research during Scholarship & Creativity Day in the Great Hall at SJU. Opportunities to engage about research and presentations will happen all over both campuses on April 27.