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Experiential Learning Week

  • Monday, April 11

    Monday, April 11

    Kick-off Experiential Learning Week with internship spotlights and a student panel on internships and practicums. Register for each event here.

  • Tuesday, April 12

    Tuesday, April 12

    Join us for a hybrid day centered around service-learning. Register for each event here.

  • Wednesday, April 13

    Wednesday, April 13

    Spend the day with student research and creativity. Our full day event allows you to engage in student research and creative projects through in person and virtual presentations.

  • Thursday, April 14

    Thursday, April 14

    Join us for a day centered around studying abroad - particularly during COVID. Register for events or watch videos here.

  • Friday, April 15

    Friday, April 15

    To wrap up the week, join us for an interactive program led by Career Services on how to connect experiential learning to your resume. Register here for the Zoom session.

View Jenny Shanahan's Bio

Jenny Shanahan

Jenny Olin Shanahan, Ph.D. is Assistant Provost for
High-Impact Practices at Bridgewater State University—Massachusetts, where she leads Undergraduate Research, the Honors Program, National Fellowships, and SOAR (Student Opportunities as Apprentice Researchers).

Dr. Shanahan is series editor and co-author of Routledge’s textbooks on undergraduate research in the arts and humanities and has co-edited two other books and authored 13 peer-reviewed articles on undergraduate research. She has presented dozens of keynote addresses, plenary talks, and faculty workshops across the U.S. and Canada on equitable access to high-impact practices, and undergraduate research in the curriculum and in the arts and humanities. Dr. Shanahan holds a Ph.D. in Literature
from Marquette University. From 2000 to 2010 she taught in the English Department and Honors Program at St. Mary’s University of Minnesota.

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Jenny Shanahan

Experiential Learning Week Kick-off:
April 26, 2021 

12:00 p.m..

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Transforming Your Future with Experiential Learning


In the highly competitive global economy, in which even before COVID-19, half of new college graduates—and significantly larger numbers now—have struggled to find meaningful career opportunities and/or access to and financial support for graduate or professional school, those who have participated in the high-impact experiences of internships, research, service learning, and study abroad are at a distinct advantage. Through experiential learning, students develop the field-specific skills prized in the workforce and graduate programs. Even more importantly, they gain invaluable proficiencies in communication, collaboration, and real-world, creative problem-solving that employers and graduate advisors value most highly. Students who engage in experiential learning transform their prospects for the futures they desire. This address offers practical advice to students for getting started in experiential learning opportunities in various fields of study, making the most of vitally important relationships with mentors, communicating the results of their work in compelling ways, and translating their experiences for competitive postgraduate opportunities.




Study Abroad

April 26, 2021 

2:00 p.m - Student/Faculty Panel about Studying Abroad - led by Dr. Isabelle Lagadic (Chemistry)

Learn more about the STEM International Research and Scholarly Exchange Program (IRSEP). This program offers students from Biological Sciences, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Physics, Geology & Engineering Technology and Computer Science departments opportunities to study for a semester and/or conduct summer research at one of our partnering universities overseas in France, Germany, Mexico and the United Kingdom.

Register for the Zoom Link




Internships and Practicums

April 27, 2021 

All day: Showcase of Student Internships


10:00am: Chase Pro Bono Program with Kathy Kelley and Lisa Moore (Chase Law School)

All Chase students complete 50 hours of pro bono service prior to graduation.  Pro
bono service is defined as law-related work performed in public interest organizations; in the public sector; or with private practitioners or law firms where the work is performed at no cost or at a reduced fee on behalf of underrepresented clients.  Students select from approved placement organizations, participate in a law school based pro bono project, or design their own pro bono projects. Students perform a broad range of law-related work, including: community
legal education, client intake, case preparation, research and writing, and legislative
or policy analysis.

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12:00pm: The Experience of Simulation - with Rami Leventhal (Simulation Center)

In this interactive session, students have the ability to experience what it is like to participate in practicum experience in the simulation lab.


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2:00 p.m.: What will an Internships do for you? And how to find one!

Panel of Internship Coordinators: Julianne Stockman (College of Informatics), Rhea Floyd (Political Science, Criminal Justice and Organizational Leadership), Emma Walker (College of Business) and Seyed Allameh (Physics, Geology and Engineering Technology), facilitated by Lisa McElfresh (Career Services)

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Student Research

April 28, 2021 

Virtual Celebration of Student Research and Creativity - all day April 28-29.

At Celebration, undergraduate and graduate students present their research, artistic or creative projects through pre-recorded video presentations. With unique research projects on display, Online Celebration helps to increase understanding of the important role online student research and creativity plays in the education of our students at NKU.


2:00 pm - Student and Faculty Panel - led by Dr. Zach Hart (Communications) and Dr. Justin Yates (Psychological Sciences)

Join students from around the university as they present their research and creative project as well as answer questions about their experiences with these projects.

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5:00pm - Me? A Scholar? with Robert Zai and Christen Ross (Steely Library).

Please join your peers and faculty for a panel conversation on transitioning from an undergraduate to a graduate student-scholar.  

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Service Learning

April 29, 2021 


11 a.m. Chase Law Clinics - Amy Halbrook, Jennifer Kinsley, and David Singleton (Chase Law School)

Chase Clinics are law school programs that provide free or low cost services to clients and hands-on-legal experience to law school students. Clinics are directed by law school professors.  Clinics include a classroom component and a fieldwork component where students conduct interviews, counsel clients, conduct research, and -- under supervision with limited practice licenses -- appear in court on behalf of clients. Presenters will discuss the Children's Law Center, Chase Field Placement Clinic and Consittutional Litigation Clinic.

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1:30 p.m  Panel on Service Learning and the Mayerson Program.  

The Mayerson Student Philanthropy Project started at Northern Kentucky University in 1999 as a way to teach students more about nonprofits and philanthropy, with the belief that hands-on learning in these fields would produce NKU graduates who are more likely to remain life-long community stewards. The Mayerson Student Philanthropy Project is designed to use a "learn by giving" approach in the college classroom. Every semester select university courses are named Mayerson courses, are given a sum of money, and are asked to evaluate nonprofits and then invest in those they think will make the most effective use of the funds (typically, $1,000 per nonprofit).

Introductions by Mark Neikirk (Scripps Howard Center for Civic Engagement) and Kasja Larson (World Languages)

Reiko Ozaki (Social Work), students and community partner

Megan Downing (Organizational Leadership/Honors), students and community partner


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Wrapping Up the Week

April 30, 2021 
12:00 p.m.

An interactive program led by Lisa McElfresh (Career Services) on how to connect experiential learning to your resume.

Register for the Zoom Link



  • Institute for Student Research and Creative Activity
  • Vice Provost for Graduate Education, Research and Outreach
  • Celebration of Student Research and Creativity
  • Career Services
  • Office of Education Abroad
  • Scripps Howard Center for Civic Engagement
  • College of Health and Human Services
  • College of Informatics
  • Haile/US Bank College of Business
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • Honors College
  • Chase College of Law
  • College of Education
  • Steely Library
  • Office of the Provost