Tenth Annual MCLA Undergraduate Research Conference April 19


NORTH ADAMS, MA - Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) will hold its 10th Annual Undergraduate Research Conference (URC) on Thursday, April 19. Posters will be presented from 8:30-10:30 a.m. in Venable Gym and paper presentations and exhibits will take place in sessions from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in Murdock Hall and Bowman Hall.

The event, which recognizes students for their hard work and dedication for their academic projects in a variety of disciplines, is free and open to the public. Some 115 students with 28 faculty project sponsors will participate from across all discipline areas.

This year's keynote speaker will be Jarrod Abbott-Washburn '08, who will speak at 12:30 p.m. in the Amsler Campus Center gymnasium on "A Non-traditional Journey: Opportunity in the Liberal Arts."

Abbott-Washburn graduated from MCLA with majors in history and philosophy, and a minor in political science. He recently graduated with a master's degree in ethics and public policy from Suffolk University, where he brought together his diverse intellectual interests in the study of topics such as the foundations of human rights, the legal and philosophical underpinnings of privacy, the political and philosophical understanding of war, peace and reconciliation, and the politics of public policy

According to Dr. Mary Grant, MCLA president, the conference demonstrates some of best aspects of MCLA.

"This annual event has grown remarkably over the past 10 years, but the essential idea behind the conference has remained constant: to showcase the remarkable innovation and diverse talents of our students, as they demonstrate what they have learned through papers, posters and performance," Grant said. "The Conference also reflects the engagement, talent,and support of the MCLA faculty who work with students in the classroom and provide invaluable guidance as they develop and present their work."

Approximately 115 students will present their work in the all-day event. The conference is part of the College's expanding Undergraduate Research Program, which emphasizes individual opportunities for student work with faculty. In addition to the College's conference, students from MCLA present each year at the regional Undergraduate Research Conference of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC), the Massachusetts Statewide Undergraduate Research Conference, held each year in Amherst, Mass., and the National Conferences on Undergraduate Research (NCUR), held in March at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah.

For more information, including descriptions of all projects and presentations, go to urc.