2024 Scholars Week celebration is approaching: Registration begins April 22

Annual showcase of student research and scholarship runs May 13-17

Scholars Week, an annual celebration showcasing the best of Western Washington University students’ research and creative works, will be held May 13-17.   

The Scholars Week Planning Committee invites students to register April 22-26, prepare presentation materials, and present as part of Scholars Showcase events open to the campus and the public, highlighting student achievement and the significance of faculty and staff mentorship on student scholarship.    

This year’s Scholars Showcase features the return of the Poster Session — the centerpiece event held in Carver Gym on Wednesday, May 15 — highlighting outstanding scholarly research and creative works by graduate and undergraduate students across a wide range of disciplines, programs and departments. Three-Minute Thesis (3MT) graduate student presentations, to be held Thursday, May 16 in Haggard Hall 222, will feature three-minute talks designed to explain discipline-specific research to an unfamiliar audience. Graduate Student Creative Writing Presentations will also be featured on Thursday, May 16 in Haggard Hall 222. 

Scholars Week 2024 also includes the return of the Faculty/Student Group Collaborations, featuring collaborations involving research, creative work or other academic projects stemming from work in the field, lab, studio or some other collaborative setting or arrangement. These presentations will be held in the Carver Hall of Fame Room (CV 221) on Tuesday, May 14.    

Vanessa Blackburn, Scholars Week Planning Committee interim chair and faculty member in the journalism department, said the committee was excited about the variety of events provided by Scholars Week.   

“Scholars Week is an excellent opportunity for students to share their hard work with family, friends and the Western community,” Blackburn said. “We’re planning for a great week this year as we celebrate outstanding academic achievements in research and creative endeavors.” 

Scholars Week events will be held May 13-17, including activities and events hosted by colleges, departments and programs throughout the university, many of which are listed on the Scholars Week website. To register to participate, go to wwu.edu/scholars. For more information about Scholars Week, contact scholars.week@wwu.edu.  

Scholars Week, an annual celebration of student research and creative activities at Western, was created by a unanimous resolution of the Faculty Senate in November 1999 as “Scholars Day.” The event soon transformed into “Scholars Week” to accommodate a diverse series of events highlighting the scholarship and creativity of Western students across a variety of disciplines. The Scholars Week Planning Committee works in coordination with the Office of the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs to hold Scholars Showcase events and activities. Financial support for Scholars Week is provided by the WWU President, Provost, Office of Undergraduate Education, Offices of Research and Sponsored Programs and the Graduate School, Foundation, and academic colleges and departments.