2010 FURMAN ENGAGED!

Celebration of Research, Scholarship and Creative Activities

Friday April 16, 2010, Furman hosted the 2nd annual FURMAN ENGAGED! celebration of undergraduate research, internships, scholarship and creative activities. This annual event (2010 program), catalyzed by Furman's HHMI-BRIDGES award and sponsored by Furman’s Office of Undergraduate Research and Internships, showcased over 170 poster and internship presentations, 45 oral sessions (with nearly 250 students presenting), numerous musical performances as well as the U.S. Premiere of “Inuksuit”. The composer, John Luther Adams, presented a pre-concert lecture and well over 250 audience members were treated to a unique and delightful production (facilitated at the amphitheatre and surrounding grounds) by over 50 percussionists from Furman and the surrounding region.

All regular University classes were suspended in support of this effort. This ambitious program solicited the support and full participation of the entire Furman community including faculty, staff, and most importantly the Furman student body. The event, coinciding with one of Admissions’ Accepted Student Days enabled a large number of prospective students to witness the creativity and scholarship that is found through the Furman student body.

Over 20 middle school students that are part of our HHMI mentoring program joined their Furman mentors for the day. In addition to a visit to the Shi Center for Sustainability and a Planetarium show, the visiting students were able to spend time with their mentors at the research and internship posters.

The 3rd annual Furman Engaged! Program will be held on Friday April 8, 2011 with all University classes again being suspended on that day to allow full participation by the Furman community. Admissions plans to again connect one of their Accepted Student Day weekends with this event.

Students and faculty interested in participating in FURMAN ENGAGED! 2011 should contact Dr. John Kaup, Coordinator of Science Education (john.kaup@furman.edu ) in the Office of Integrative Research in the Sciences.




On Friday April 3, 2009, Furman hosted the first-ever FURMAN ENGAGED! celebration of undergraduate research, internships, scholarship and creative activities.  This exciting event, catalyzed by Furman's HHMI-BRIDGES award and sponsored by Furman’s Office of Undergraduate Research and Internships, took the form of a campus wide showcase involving presentations, displays and performances from all disciplines including the Natural and Social Sciences, Humanities and Fine Arts.

All regular University classes were suspended in support of this effort. The HHMI-BRIDGES program solicited the support and full participation of the entire Furman community including faculty, staff, and most importantly the Furman student body.  High school students involved in Furman’s STEM outreach initiatives, as well as prospective students and their families, were also invited and encouraged to attend this annual event.

We kicked off Furman's inaugural Furman Engaged! celebration by hosting 1988 Nobel Prize recipient in Physics, Dr. Leon Lederman, who presented a plenary lecture in Shaw Hall (Younts Conference Center) on April 2, 2009.  Dr. Lederman is an internationally distinguished scientist and science educator; it was indeed an honor to have him as our invited guest during Furman's year of the Sciences and to assist in introducting the Furman Engaged! Celebration.

Students and faculty interested in participating in Furman Engaged! 2010 should contact Dr. Marianne Pierce in the Office of Undergraduate Research and Internships.

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