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Renowned physicist Peggy Cebe, EU alumna, to keynote Celebration of Scholarship

03/12/2014

Edinboro University will host its inaugural Celebration of Scholarship on March 26 with award-winning physicist and Tufts University professor Dr. Peggy Cebe as keynote speaker.

EU’s Celebration of Scholarship is a symposium showcasing research by Edinboro’s undergraduate and graduate students. More than 40 student authors will have research work represented at the event.

“This is an opportunity for us to show off what we are doing in the areas of research, scholarship and creative activity with our students,” said Dr. Dan Bennett, assistant professor of Computer Science and organizer of the Celebration of Scholarship. “The work ranges from works-in-progress that are just beginning to polished final presentations of well-developed research programs.”

The event’s keynote speaker, Dr. Cebe, is an internationally recognized expert in polymer physics, a Fellow of the American Physical Society and a professor of physics at Tufts University in Medford, Mass. An Edinboro University graduate (B.S.Ed., Physics, 1970; M.S., Mathematics, 1976), she was selected as one of the 2010 individual winners of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring.

Over her 24-year career in academia, Cebe has mentored 103 undergraduates, most of them from underrepresented groups, and is celebrated for her work with deaf and hard of hearing (DHH) students.

From 3-5 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room of the Frank G. Pogue Student Center on the Edinboro campus, student-created posters describing their research will be displayed on easels with the students present to discuss their work. Following remarks from Edinboro University President Dr. Julie E. Wollman, Cebe will speak at about 5 p.m., with the awards portion of the event to follow.

Prizes will be awarded for undergraduate and graduate student research conducted at EU as well as for research performed by Edinboro undergraduates outside of the University, such as during summer programs and internships. A Provost’s Choice Award also will be handed out.

The Celebration of Scholarship is free and open to the public.