The 22nd Annual Matthew Petersheim Academic Exposition 2018: Share, Honor, Unite will take place Monday, April 23, through Friday, April 27, in celebration of the scholastic accomplishments and academic interests of the entire Seton Hall University community, including both undergraduate and graduate students.
"This special week enables us to communicate the scholarship and the research through the participation of our students in a learning environment. This represents one of the few experiences where the entire University joins together to share in all the gifts we bring to our community, all that our students have learned and how to put these lessons to use on a professional level," explained Petersheim Committee co-chairs Sulie Lin Chang and Jose Lopez.
They explained, "The vision and legacy of Matt Petersheim, associate professor of chemistry and expo founder, continue to remind us of his engagement and his desire to get students involved."
The Petersheim Academic Exposition is a university-wide event that celebrates the scholarly achievement of hundreds of undergraduate and graduate students through the sights and sounds of academic knowledge and its application. The EXPO is aligned with the University mission in several ways, honoring the innovative spirit of Matthew Petersheim, Ph.D., associate professor of chemistry, who passed away in 1998.
The deadline for student submission forms is April 6. The University community is invited to the Opening Ceremony and Reception from 12 noon to 2 p.m. on Monday, April 23, in the Main Lounge of the Bishop Dougherty University Center. This year's keynote speaker will be Peter Shoemaker, Ph.D., dean of the College of Arts and Sciences discussing, "What the Research Tells Us About Student Research."
Dean Peter Shoemaker received his Ph.D. in Romance Languages and Literatures from Princeton University in 1997, where he was a Jacob Javitts Fellow and the recipient of a French Government Fellowship (Bourse Chateaubriand), which allowed him to study at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris in 1994-5. Before coming to Seton Hall University in 2016, he taught at Princeton University, Macalester College, and The Catholic University of America. At CUA, he taught numerous courses on French language, literature, and culture at the graduate and undergraduate level and in the Honors Program, and served as Director of the Honors Program and Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Studies. He has published primarily in the field of seventeenth-century French literature. His book Powerful Connections: The Poetics of Patronage in the Age of Louis XIII was released by the University of Delaware Press in 2007, and he has authored a critical edition of Donneau de Visé's Les Costeaux (1665/2013) as well as journal articles on a range of topics, including rhetoric and literature, the social history of literature, the novel, and early modern food culture.
As Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Dean Shoemaker has focused on promoting the value of the liberal arts, advocating for experiential education opportunities (including undergraduate research), and expanding the college’s offerings at the graduate level. Notable initiatives include a new undergraduate research journal, an M.S. in Physics, and a "boot camp" for liberal arts students interested in exploring the world of business.
"The opening address by Dean Shoemaker should prove an inspirational start to this special celebration of scholarship and innovation," shared Professors Chang and Lopez.
The Petersheim Academic Exposition steering committee encourages faculty members to support the academic exposition by incorporating student presentations within their courses this semester. Faculty sponsors are encouraged to support students to present their work in research symposia, poster sessions, presentations, panel discussions, theatrical performances, art exhibits, debates, concerts, and more. The steering committee encourages the incorporation of honorary ceremonies, discipline-specific speakers or other programming that may take place during and around the time of the academic exposition.
For student submissions and to register for the opening ceremony and reception, and for more details on the EXPO program and activities, please visit the Petersheim Academic Exposition website.