On Thursday April 22, 2021 the College will sponsor the 19th 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 to include creative and scholarly work, 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, was invited to participate in this event. Students presented papers in a 15-minute talk, or displayed their work (as posters or art) and were available for discussion with members of the campus and local community. The URC also included special sessions centered on a certain topic or theme and performances.
The 19th annual Undergraduate Research Conference will take place virtually on April 22, 2021. The Undergraduate Research Council is soliciting 150-word abstracts for presentations: papers, posters, creative writing, visual artwork, and performances.
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The format for abstract submission will remain the same as last year to encourage faculty involvement. The students will submit their abstracts by March 12th at 5pm using Dynamic Forms, and they will be sent to the faculty sponsors for review and approval. Faculty sponsors will have until March 22nd at 5pm to submit the approved abstracts to the conference planning committee through Dynamic Forms.
Students who wish to participate should consult with their faculty advisor before submitting an abstract.
Presentation guidelines: paper and creative writing presentations will be limited to 20 minutes. Time limits on performances will be set once we know how many submissions we receive. Posters and visual art will be on virtual display. Special session presentations will be of variable length depending on number of papers in that session.
Eligible presenters should consider submitting an application for the MCLA Scholar designation (application found here) by April 1st, and the Pamela Dennis Scholarship by the end of March (Contact the Financial Aid office for more information).
MCLA MiniGrants provide support to students conducting independent, faculty-mentored research, creative, and scholarly work. Students can apply for up to $300 individually or $600 in groups to support the purchase of materials/supplies, participation in conferences, etc. (Application found here). Applications are due by March 12th.
Any questions should be directed towards Dr. Jenna Sciuto, Chair of Undergraduate Research, or Dr. Anna Jaysane-Darr, Associate Chair of Undergraduate Research.