On Thursday of the ninth week of every spring term, Western Oregon University celebrates student academic excellence. The entire day is dedicated to the presentation of student scholarly activities, including original research, artwork, performances, and upper-division course projects, presentations, and papers. The primary objectives of the Showcase are to provide an opportunity for presenters, giving them experience that will be useful in furthering their education and careers, and to expose the entire student body to the breadth and importance of the scholarship that is being conducted across campus. In a typical year about 400 presentations are given on this day and students, faculty and staff across campus turn out in large numbers to attend the events.
The showcase is organized by the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi and the Program for Undergraduate Research Experiences (PURE). To demonstrate the importance of student scholarly pursuits at Western, faculty are encouraged to cancel their classes, while at the same time requiring students to attend their peers’ presentations. An Academic Excellence Showcase Planning Committee, including faculty and staff from across campus, and chaired by the PURE Coordinator, organizes this event. In order to ensure the highest level of participation the Showcase Planning Committee has enlisted faculty volunteers, representing academic disciplines across campus, to serve as Session Chairs. Please consider joining us this year in our celebration of student scholarly excellence!