Fifty-eight Dickinson State University (DSU) students presented their achievements in research, humanities, and the arts during the 2022 Celebration of Scholars event Saturday, April 30, at the Biesiot Activities Center and DSU Agriculture Building on the DSU campus. Students presented their scholarly work to an audience of peers, faculty, and community members through either an oral or poster presentation.

Jeremy Wohletz, chair of the Department of Arts and Letters and associate professor of music, is one of the committee members who helped put on the Celebration of Scholars. “Celebration of Scholars is a wonderful event which promotes and showcases both the research and hard work of the DSU students from a number of disciplines. While it’s great to do the research, it is even better when you have a platform to show what you are doing.”

Nathan Zent, DSU English major – creative writing track, presented his research project from one of his communication classes. “I enjoyed the opportunity to present my research on Hoosiers to a broader audience beyond my Understanding Film and Television class. Celebration of Scholars also gave me the opportunity to answer impromptu questions in a friendly environment. I also enjoyed listening to the keynote speaker and thought he was very motivational, and he reinforced the benefits of scholarly work.”

This year’s event also hosted Simon Cordery, chair of the History Department at Iowa State University, as keynote speaker, who presented on “Why Scholarship is Good for You!” The founding editor of the Midwest Journal of Undergraduate Research, he is the author of three books in modern transatlantic history. His books span the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, covering British friendly societies, the American labor leader Mother Jones, and the railroad industry in Illinois. He is currently working on a biography of Albert Benton Pullman, a serial entrepreneur and co-founder of the railroad company bearing the family name. At Iowa State, Cordery teaches courses in modern European history, sports history, and historical methods. A long-time advocate of integrating undergraduate scholarship into the curriculum, he regularly supervises student research projects.

To view photos from the event, visit our Flickr page.