MCLA Hosts COPLAC Undergraduate Research Conference


NORTH ADAMS, MASS. - More than 100 participants from colleges belonging to the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC) were at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) on Friday, Oct. 25, and Saturday, Oct. 26, to present their research at the 2013 Northeastern Undergraduate Research Conference of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges.

The conference featured paper and poster sessions in the humanities, the arts, the social sciences, and the natural sciences, as well as an art exhibit and a performance session.~Undergraduate presenters from six COPLAC colleges - including those from Eastern Connecticut State College, Keene State College, MCLA, Ramapo College of New Jersey, SUNY-Geneseo and the University of Maine-Framington - discussed their work with the MCLA campus community.

The students who participated in this conference worked closely with their professors, and received individualized attention and guidance on projects that are relevant to their disciplines.

According to Dr. Graziana Ramsden, associate director of undergraduate research at MCLA, the regional undergraduate research conference, sponsored yearly by COPLAC, is a unique opportunity for students to showcase their work, either as posters or as traditional presentations.

"Students who do research at the undergraduate level gain important skills that are fundamental for their development as scholars. In addition, the skills they acquire while conducting research become irreplaceable in everyday situations in the workplace," Ramsden said. "The quality of the presentations this year was excellent: the posters and the paper sessions demonstrated the talent of young scholars whose work was very interesting, detailed, well-framed and professional. A lot of really good scholarship is taking place at COPLAC schools right now."

MCLA will next host the COPLAC Undergraduate Research Conference in 2016.

For more information, contact Ramsden, 413-662-5399, or at