Purdue students combine innovation, community involvement in writing showcase

March 22, 2013  

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue Introductory Composition Program and Professional Writing Program will display the best of student and instructor projects, research and professional work on April 11 at the annual Spring Writing Showcase.

The event, which is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the third floor of Stewart Center, will provide students and instructors with the opportunity to showcase creative work from introductory English and professional writing courses. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided. Visitors are encouraged to interact with the displays and to participate by voting for their favorite entries.

"Student projects include more than just written essays – as digital content becomes increasingly prevalent, the event emphasizes students' new media projects that are directly related to the professional world," says Michael Salvo, associate professor of English and director of professional writing.

Examples of these projects include:

* Portfolios on public engagement with advanced scientific research

* A video exploring the computational knowledge engine Wolfram Alpha

* A documentary about the Purdue Dance Marathon

* Ethnographic research exploring science organizations on campus

* Expositions about wind power

* Digital displays describing the benefits of solar energy

The best entries will receive special recognition for their work, along with cash prizes. Students with English and professional writing majors who have participated in study abroad programs will be in attendance to discuss their experiences. These programs can range from a professional writing trip to Scotland to College of Liberal Arts internships in London and Sydney.

Former applicants to the professional writing program's Crouse Scholarship will be on hand to explain the application process and the benefits of applying. The showcase also will feature community organizations that students worked with, including the Tippecanoe County Historical Association archives and Food Finders Food Bank in Lafayette.

Writer: Morgan Stephens, 765-490-4855, MorganLStephens@gmail.com

Sources: Samantha Blackmon, associate professor of English and director of introductory composition,

765-494-3742, blackmos@purdue.edu

Michael Salvo, associate professor of English and director of professional writing, 765-494-3772, salvo@purdue.edu

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