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2014 Undergraduate Research Conference 

On Thursday, April 17, 2014, MCLA will sponsor its annual Undergraduate Research Conference (URC) to recognize our students for their hard work and dedication in producing outstanding academic projects. "Research" in this case is defined very broadly, and the conference is open to all disciplines. Any student doing independent research in the natural and social sciences or the humanities, or original creative work, is encouraged to participate in this event.

Students may present papers in a 15-minute talk or display their work as posters and carry on discussion with members of the campus and local community. The URC will also include special sessions and performances focused on specific topics and themes.  The day of the conference is dedicated to campus-wide intellectual engagement, and classes will not be held to enable everyone to participate.   The on-campus location and time for each session will be announced at a later date.  

Interested students and faculty sponsors must submit a 100-word abstract (including title, author(s), and the faculty sponsor for the project) of their research by MARCH 24, 2014.   

Paper guidelines: Students submitting a paper presentation should prepare a 15-minute talk describing their work. Visual aids in the form of overheads or Power Point should be used to enhance the presentation. There will be a short question and answer period following each talk.

Poster guidelines: Students doing a poster presentation will have a 4' x 8' area on which to mount their work (thumbtacks will be provided). The text of the poster should be no smaller than 18 point font and figures, tables, or images should also be included in the poster. Poster presenters are expected to be available for discussion of their work.

Performance guidelines: Faculty sponsors of performance events should coordinate with their students involved in the presentation (for example, a choir performance) to decide on the appropriate way to submit a proposal for the Conference.

Keynote luncheon address: An invitation to attend the URC Keynote luncheon address by an MCLA graduate will be extended to all student presenters, faculty, administration, and staff.

One final note: We suggest that students participate as presenters in a maximum of two sessions, which will allow all student presenters the opportunity to explore the offerings of their peers, enjoy the keynote presentation and lunch, and gain an appreciation of the conference experience as one of sharing and interaction.

The URC program will be posted online ten days prior to the conference, and participants will receive an e-mail with more details regarding the presentations. We look forward to learning about your work and seeing you at the conference on April 17!

Questions? Please contact Dr. Ann Billetz, Director of Undergraduate Research.