UD to Host Third Annual Celebration of Student Scholarship and Creativity

Apr 21, 2015 | Kristi Lynch

The University of Dubuque will host the third annual Apex: Celebration of Student Scholarship and Creativity, from April 28 through 30. Events will be held in Heritage Center at various times over the three-day period (see schedule).  All events are free and open to the public.

This three-day event celebrates student research, service learning, and creativity both within and beyond the classroom. On Tuesday, April 28, research and creative projects done as part of coursework during the academic year will be displayed beginning at 9:00 a.m. In the afternoon, the Bisignano Art Gallery will launch “The Edge,” the annual Computer Graphic and Interactive Media (CGIM) student art show.

Students whose research, service learning, or creativity goes above and beyond the classroom will be featured Wednesday, April 29. These students have presented at conferences, published scholarly or creative work, been invited to exhibit or read art, acted in performances both on- and off-campus, or performed major service projects. We will also celebrate Chlapaty Fellowship projects and students who have received honors or recognition from outside agencies.

On Wednesday afternoon, there will be presentations of research projects by Chlapaty fellows, an open forum of student work, and a keynote presentation by Caroline (Zelent) Grunenwald (UD ‘08), Ph.D. candidate in Microbiology at the University of Tennessee (Knoxville). The title of Grunewald’s talk is “Of Moose and Microbes: Foundations of a Young Scientist.”

A variety of academic accomplishments will be acknowledged Thursday, April 30 at the University’s annual Honors Convocation.

Apex schedule is as follows:


Tuesday, April 28: Apex in the Classroom and Community

9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.   Poster and other presentations (A.Y. McDonald Lobby, Heritage Center)

3:00 - 4:00 p.m.          The Edge launch (Charles and Elizabeth Bisignano Gallery, Heritage Center)

Wednesday, April 29: Apex in the Academy

12:30 - 2:00 p.m.        Chlapaty Fellows Presentations (Babka Theatre)     

Garrison Grubb (’2015, Sociology, Dubuque, IA)
“The History of African American Experience at the University of Dubuque”

Melissa Huesmann (C’15, Biology and Secondary Education, Dubuque, IA)
“Creating a Framework for Real World Learning” 

Kathrine Orth (C’15, Masters of Divinity, Canton, GA)
“The Spiritual Formation of Children with Special Needs”

Melissa Wagner (C’17, Environmental Science, Lena, IL)
“Assessing Nest Tree Sites and Surrounding Habitats used by Southern Flying Squirrels in Eastern Iowa”

Hunter Brown (C’15, Business and Accounting, White Bear Lake, MN) and Ryan Gingrich (C’15, Business/Accounting, Cedar Rapids, IA)
“Assessing the Variability of Farm Federal Tax Liabilities and Farm Net Incomes due to Changes in Federal Income Tax Laws” 

Sharif Rahim (C’15, Biology, Ramstein, Germany)
“Rapid Method for Functional Characterization of Orchid Floral Genes Using Model Plants”


2:00 - 3:30 p.m.          Poster and other presentations (A.Y. McDonald Lobby)


3:30 - 4:30 p.m.          Keynote Presentation (Babke Theatre): “Of Moose and Microbes: Foundations of a Young Scientist” - Caroline (Zelent) Grunenwald (UD ’08), Ph.D. candidate in Microbiology, University of Tennessee (Knoxville)


Thursday, April 30

9:00 - 10:30 a.m.         Honors Convocation (John and Alice Butler Hall)