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.
Experiential Learning Week Kick-off:
April 26, 2021
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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