WILLIMANTIC—Southington’s Karolina Chrzanowska, an accounting major, presented a poster presentation titled “Forensic Accounting in Developing Nations: The Analysis of Offshore Banking in the Bahamas” at CREATE (Celebrating Research Excellence and Artistic Talent at Eastern), the premier undergraduate research and art conference at Eastern Connecticut State University.
CREATE held its inaugural event at the end of the 2014-15 academic year. The two-day event showcased approximately 170 student projects, including oral and poster presentations, art and photography exhibits, video and documentary viewings, and live music and dance performances.
“Why is CREATE important?” asked Professor Dickson Cunningham, co-chair of CREATE, during the opening remarks. In addition to contributing to the intellectual richness of campus and raising external perceptions of Eastern, he pointed out that for some students, CREATE is “the culmination of their undergraduate career,” and that they should “feel a sense of pride and accomplishment.” “Hopefully this will inspire other students to present and to develop mentor relationships with faculty,” said Cunningham.
The CREATE conference marked the merging of Eastern’s two previous end-of-year academic conferences: the Excellence Expo and the Arts and Sciences Research Conference and Exhibition.
“The merging of these two separate conferences took a lot vision, time and work,” said Provost Rhona Free, pointing out the campus-wide efforts that led to the creation of CREATE, and the hard work of the conference’s organizational committee. “It takes a very strong and dedicated student to produce this quality of work, and it’s important for other students to see this output,” said Free.