Society of Fellows Gears Up for Weekend Retreat and New Research Awards

The Warwick Center

The Warwick Center

The Dyson College Society of Fellows offers scholars a chance to come together for a meeting of the minds. The group offers two major annual events: the Weekend Retreat, which will be held Nov. 21-23, 2008, and the Annual Meeting, which will be held in March 2009. Both of these annual events will be a little bit different this year.

The Weekend Retreat has always been an opportunity for students, alumni and faculty to come together in a relaxed setting outside of the classroom and have a chance to delve into an intellectual debate. This year’s theme, “The Artist, Civic Engagement, and Responsibility,” is the first time the arts have really been at the center of the discussion.

“If you love a lively discussion, are interested in the social responsibilities of artists and the arts, and want to get away for a fall weekend, join us,” said Dr. Harold Brown, co-leader of the retreat. The retreat is open to all Dyson students, faculty, alumni and others within Pace University.

This year, the retreat will be held in a new venue, The Warwick Center, which is closer to the New York City campus than previous venues. It is free for all attendees, including all meals and overnight accommodations as well as the transportation that is provided from Pace’s campuses. Register online. To be eligible for the retreat, students must either be enrolled in the Honors College, have at least a 3.5 GPA or have a recommendation from a faculty member.

Then, in March, the Annual Meeting will offer a chance for students to present their works. For the first time, Dyson will be giving out awards in several categories and, also for the first time, will be expanding its call for papers to include much more than just written research. Awards will be presented in the following four categories: Fine Arts and Performing Arts, Humanities, Mathematics and the Natural Sciences, and Social and Behavioral Sciences.  Experts in the Dyson faculty will serve as the judges

“In addition to those more traditional fields, we are now reaching out to ensure that the growing areas in Dyson in the fine and performing arts, film studies and media, and others, have opportunities to present their work publicly and to get some feedback so their audience isn’t just their classmates or their professors,” said Dr. Adelia Williams, who is organizing the conference.

Any scholarly or creative work done in fall 2008 will be eligible, including performances, poster presentations, reading of creative works, exhibitions, film and video.Download the application.

“It’s one component of Dyson’s efforts to put student research at the forefront of our activities. We want all Dyson students to have the opportunity to do meaningful research in their fields and to work, when appropriate, with a faculty mentor,” explained Williams. “At most universities the opportunity to do research at this level and to present it is reserved for graduate students. In Dyson, undergraduate students can do research that a graduate student might be doing.”

Every student presenter will work with a faculty sponsor, who will help him or her prepare a paper, performance, or project for presentation. The Annual Meeting will be held at Pace’s Graduate Center in White Plains, and will include a luncheon, and an awards ceremony.

“It’s a very supportive, encouraging environment. The faculty really respect what students have to say and want to engage them in conversations about their research,” said Williams.

Students with questions about the Weekend Retreat or the Annual Meeting may e-mail Dr. Adelia Williams or Dr. Harold Brown.