Pennsylvania Western University’s California, Clarion and Edinboro campuses will conduct their annual events to highlight student scholarship and creative achievement for the academic year.


PennWest Edinboro will kick off the events April 12 with Celebration of Scholarship, featuring poster-style presentations. Work will include independent research or creative projects, independent study, and scholarly or creative projects in upper-level courses.


PennWest California’s Strike a Spark is slated for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 19 in the Convocation Center. Students will present in the categories of: Arts and Humanities; Business, Communication & Information Sciences; Education; Health Sciences; Natural Sciences & Engineering, and Social Sciences & Human Services.


PennWest Clarion concludes the events April 26 with its Celebration of Scholarship, scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Carlson Library and online. Patterned after the previous Undergraduate and Graduate Research Conferences, this year’s event will feature poster sessions; other display formats and presentations – such as well-designed videos, creative performances, or hands-on demonstrations/activities – are welcome. Online students are invited to participate and may submit a recorded Zoom presentation or schedule a time to present live on April 26.


“Conducting research usually requires students to engage in inquiry-based learning, project-based learning, and/or learning through hands-on experiences,” said Dr. Xiaofeng Li, assistant professor of library sciences. “Complementary to traditional classes where students listen to lectures, these multi-ways of learning afforded by research activities are beneficial for students' intellectual growth. Through events like our three campuses’ Celebration of Scholarship/Strike a Spark, students also have opportunities to brainstorm and collaborate with faculty and peers for potential scholarly interests, and develop communication and presentation skills.”