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WSSU Scholarship Day 2019 set for Thursday

A view of the Scholarship Day poster presentation
A highlight of Scholarship Day is the annual Scholarship Day Poster Session. (2018 file photo) 

What started in 2008 as a small departmental gathering has grown into one of Winston-Salem State University’s largest academic events, with hundreds of students participating in symposiums, contests and poster presentations, all on one day.

Scholarship Day, set for Thursday, April 11, highlights the advanced level of graduate and undergraduate scholarship and research at WSSU and recognizes the scholars who do the work.

A highlight of Scholarship Day is the annual Scholarship Day Poster Session, from 2:30-4 p.m. in the Donald J. Reaves Student Activities Center gymnasium. 

“This event offers alumni, the WSSU community, employers and the Winston-Salem community the opportunity to interact with our students, and see the level of work they are producing,” said Dr. Naomi Hall-Byers, interim director of the Office of Undergraduate Research and a professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences.

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Last year, WSSU students presented over 150 poster exhibits highlighting research.

In addition to the poster presentations, Scholarship Day includes:

  • A First Year Experience (FYE) Student Showcase, highlighting projects from WSSU freshmen enrolled in FYE courses. All projects will be conducted using Adobe Spark, which is being piloted in FYE courses this academic year as part of a digital literacy initiative.
  • Departmental guest speakers and student and faculty presentations.
  • A self-care workshop and dance fitness party.
  • Health screenings and information from the Rams Know H.O.W. Mobile Unit.
  • A keynote, titled "Scholarship for All: Inclusive Research Excellence, Decolonization of the Scientific Mind, and the Role of HBCUs," from Dr. Tonya Smith-Jackson, professor and chair of the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at North Carolina A&T State University. 
  • The annual scholarship luncheon, an invitation-only event for alumni and donors with donor speaker Dan Gerlach, president of Golden Leaf Foundation; and student speaker Miles Timmons, a junior business administration major from Greensboro. Timmons, a quarterback on WSSU’s football team, also completed an internship with Nationwide Insurance. This summer, he will study abroad in Brazil where he will conduct research on the economic and financial impact of 2014 FIFA World Cub and the 2016 Rio Olympics.

For more information about WSSU Scholarship Day, visit the Facebook event page.

This is just one of a number of key events on campus for April. Other events include: 

About Winston-Salem State University
Winston-Salem State University fosters the creative thinking, analytical problem-solving, and depth of character needed to transform the world. Rooted in liberal education, WSSU’s curriculum prepares students to be thought leaders who have the skills and knowledge needed to develop innovative solutions to complex problems. Founded in 1892, WSSU is a historically Black constituent institution of the University of North Carolina with a rich tradition of contributing to the social, cultural, intellectual, and economic growth of North Carolina, the region and beyond. Guided by the motto, “Enter to Learn, Depart to Serve,” WSSU develops leaders who advance social justice by serving the world with compassion and commitment. 

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