Petersheim Academic Expo
College of Arts and Sciences

Academic Expo LogoThe Petersheim Academic Exposition 2014: Share, Honor, Unite  will take place on Tuesday, April 22 – Saturday, April 26, 2014 in celebration of the scholastic accomplishments and academic interests of the entire Seton Hall University community, including both undergraduate and graduate students. The Opening Ceremony will be held on Tuesday, April 22 in the Main Lounge of the University Center.  Download the schedule of events »

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Opening Reception

The Opening Reception of the 18th Annual Petersheim Academic Exposition will be held on Tuesday, April 22 at 12:00 in the Main Lounge of the University Center. Opening remarks will be delivered by Dr. Gabriel Esteban, President of Seton Hall University.  

This year's keynote speaker will be Dr. Michael Zavada, Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences. A scholar and biological scientist, Dr. Zavada received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Botany / Palynology from Arizona State University and a B.A. in Slavic Languages from the University of Connecticut, Storrs. He holds a Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, also from the the University of Connecticut, Storrs. He spent one year as a Fulbright Scholar in Skopje, Macedonia at the Geologic Institute and did post-doctoral work at Indiana University and Ohio State University.  

Prior to joining Seton Hall in 2012, Dr. Zavada served on the faculties of The University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa and the University of Louisiana-Lafayette. He was then appointed Chairman of the Department of Biology at Providence College and subsequently held the same title at East Tennessee State University.  

While most of his time is now devoted to his role as chief academic officer of the College of Arts & Sciences, Dr. Zavada still enjoys spending time in the laboratory. He has broad and varied scientific interests, including elucidating the time and place of origin of the angiosperms, paleo-evironmental reconstruction, eco-physiology, reproductive biology, plant – animal interactions, archeological pollen analysis, ethnobotany, and aerobiology (airborne particles and public health). His field research has taken him throughout North America, South America, and Africa, including Madagascar. He has received over $ 4.5 million in grants and solicited funds, including grants from the National Science Foundation, National Institute of Health, NASA, American Philosophical Society, and National Geographic Society. He has published over 88 papers. Please join us in welcoming Dr. Zavada to another year of the Petersheim Academic Exposition!.

About the Petersheim Academic Exposition

The Annual Petersheim Academic Exposition is a university-wide event that celebrates the scholarly achievement of undergraduate and graduate students through the sights and sounds of academic knowledge and its application. The EXPO is aligned with Seton Hall University's mission in several ways, honoring the innovative spirit of its founder, Matthew Petersheim, PhD, associate professor of chemistry, who passed away in 1998.

The Petersheim Academic Exposition steering committee encourages faculty members to support the academic exposition by incorporating student presentations within their courses this semester. Faculty Sponsors will then encourage students to present their work in research symposia, poster sessions, presentations, panel discussions, theatrical performances, art exhibits, debates, concerts and more. The steering committee encourages the incorporation of honorary ceremonies, discipline-specific speakers or other programming that may take place during and around the time of the academic exposition.

Faculty sponsors are encouraged to support students participating in TLTC workshops for developing effective posters and presentations and review the re-designed poster templates provided. The TLTC will provide raffles for students participating in the workshops. Please direct students to the workshop schedule on the web site.

Additional Information

Throughout the five-day exposition, students are invited to present oral and/or poster presentations. In the spirit of the exposition "Share, Honor, Unite" and in light of mentorship, the steering committee encourages junior and senior level students to 'share' their knowledge, expertise and skills with freshmen and sophomores while graduate students may 'share' their knowledge, expertise and skills with undergraduate students. Students may 'honor' mentors, whether fellow students or faculty, and students and faculty 'unite' in their efforts to "bring knowledge to life" that elevates academic inquiry, interest and recognition.  

Contact Us

Petersheim Academic Exposition
(973) 761-9057
Interprofessional Health Sciences and Health Administration (Department of) Rm. 118E

Co-Chairs of the Expo

Jose Lopez, Ph.D.
(973) 761-9057

Anthony Troha, Ph.D.
(973) 761-9050

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