The showcase provides a forum for hundreds of students in various English classes to share their research with a public audience.
Students present their projects through a combination of visual and written materials, often including a participatory element for audience members, such as games, polls and quizzes.
“We expect to have about 500 students presenting their work,” said Alison Lukowski, a Ph.D. candidate in English and SSW committee chair. “The showcase demonstrates engaged learning by presenting research topics that directly affect NIU students, the DeKalb Community or the country at large.”
The First Year Composition Program at NIU prepares students for participation in the academic and professional discourses that they will encounter in their undergraduate studies.
To that end, the program develops students’ abilities to read and think critically and to write meaningfully in response to what they read. The writing process is viewed as a way for students to develop their thoughts, to create meaning and to construct texts that address personal, public and professional issues.
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