Pathways to Scholarship Festival keeps research center stage

With a record-breaking number of research projects and an even more impressive turnout of visitors, Mount Mercy’s annual Pathways to Scholarship Festival on May 2 exceeded expectations. Students in a variety of majors were given a platform to showcase various academic and creative works, including student-faculty research partnerships.

Panel sessions, poster displays, contests and a keynote address by linguist expert Anne Curzan were some of the activities held throughout the day as students and faculty members shared their research with the campus community. Presentation titles included Race and Identity; Mutants, Clones, and Earthworms; Collaborations in Computer Science; Ways of Learning; Humor and Human Life; and Planet in Transition.

Winners of Mount Mercy’s second annual Creative Writing Contest for High School Juniors shared their creative writing during the festival alongside Mount Mercy students. This year’s winners of the high school contest include first place winner Brennan Bogert of Regina High School, second place winner Sarah Mork of Marion High School, and third place winner Marissa Bouska of North Fayette High School. The winners were included in Mount Mercy’s literary magazine, Paha Review, alongside work from current Mount Mercy students. “It was amazing to see all of the different research projects going on across campus,” said Ben Wood, a senior public relations major from Cascade, Iowa. “Presenting all of these research projects on campus really brought to life all the interesting things my classmates were researching.”

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