Dr. Salvatore Musumeci (right) is directing the the second annual Undergraduate Research Conference on March 16. Dr. Brian Eisenback (left), KeriLynn Paulson, Bill Harle and Pamela Hollis are organizing the event / Triangle photo by Anna Katherine Thomas
In an effort to showcase research happening on campus, the Bryan Center for Undergraduate Research (BCUR) is hosting the second annual Undergraduate Research Conference. On March 16, sixteen students will present their various topics of research for students, faculty and staff. The participating students come from a variety of disciplines across campus including English, Biology and Psychology.
These students submitted ideas in the form of abstracts that were competitively chosen from a group of applicants. An abstract is a 250-500 word summary of a research paper’s purpose, methods of research and guiding ideas.
“Top presentations and papers are eligible to receive cash prizes of up to $200,” said Dr. Brian Eisenback.
According to senior Vincent Smith, the winner of last year’s competition, the conference is an excuse to research questions he has thought about repeatedly. The conference is different this year because more underclassmen are involved, said Smith.
In addition, there are now three awards given to the best papers and three separate awards given to the best three presentations. In last year’s conference, prizes were determined by the top three papers and presentations together.
This year, Smith is presenting on “Achievements Motivated by Guilt and Justified Barriers Built by Shame: Socially Accepted, but Personally Detrimental.” According to Eisenback, other topics include senior Jessica Tameler’s “Freeing the Captives: How Women’s Rights can Reduce HIV in Swaziland” and sophomore Will Jones’ “A Druid Land, a Druid Tune: Peasants, Pagans and Old Myths in the Early Verse of William Butler Yeats.”
“There are some very exciting research projects going happening on campus all year long, and this conference provides an opportunity for students to showcase what they are doing,” said Eisenback.
Dr. Salvatore Musumeci is directing and Eisenback, KeriLynn Paulson, Bill Harle, and Pamela Hollis are organizing the event.
“It is important to remember that God is the God of all disciplines, and this conference is meant to celebrate the pursuit of knowledge in all areas of life,” said Eisenback.
The conference will be on March 16 on the second floor of the Library. Click here to view the conference schedule.