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FGCU Invites Community to Research Day, Celebration of Excellence Awards April 21
3/22/2006

FORT MYERS, FL - Florida Gulf Coast University invites the public to attend the Fifth Annual Research Day 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Friday, April 21 in Alico Arena to draw attention to the array of research and sponsored activities taking place within FGCU. For the second year in a row, various service learning projects are on display. FGCU's Ninth Annual Celebration of Excellence awards immediately follows the poster viewing at 3:30 p.m.

"Research Day celebrates the dedication and hard work of the students and faculty while showcasing their current scholarly activity," associate vice president for Research Tom Roberts said.

The free event helps educate the public to the primary difference between comprehensive universities, like FGCU, and other educational organizations that do not engage in research activity such as community colleges, vocational schools and technical schools, Roberts said.

Following Research Day, FGCU hosts the Ninth Annual Celebration of Excellence awards, 3:30 p.m. in Alico Arena to present a myriad of honors to faculty, staff and students.

FGCU bestows Faculty Scholarship, Service and Teaching Excellence awards and internal grant awards to name a few.

Cash awards include a $1,000 prize for the overall winner of the Research Day poster competition, a $500 award for faculty and staff poster winners in each academic area, and a $200 award for student poster winners in each academic area.

Judges for the poster competition include a member of the FGCU Senate Grants and Research Team, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs Bonnie Yegidis, and external judges from across the country and local community.

FGCU encourages participation in the poster competition from any faculty member, staff member or student to showcase overall scholarly activities at FGCU.

For more information, media representatives should contact Roberts at (239) 590-7020 or visit the Research Day Web site at www.fgcu.edu/orsp/Research%20Day.html.


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