We believe that there is a thoughtful, productive, and necessary tension between the tassel and the cross. Our mission is to provide opportunities for students to engage in a number of research projects both on and off campus.
The BCUR annual undergraduate research conference is the primary means through which we encourage and promote student research. One of the many advantages of attending Bryan is the opportunity to participate in research. Our undergraduates acquire first-hand research experience in their academic disciplines while developing important skills such as critical thinking, information gathering and processing, and effective communication. The BCUR encourages holistic education of the entire person: heart, soul, and mind, so he or she can truly and competently make a difference in today’s world.
Undergraduate Research Conference
Our annual undergraduate research conference, with its attendant faculty-led workshops on abstract-writing and presentation preparation, is the primary means through which we encourage and promote student research. The conference is a valuable open arena in which students gain the experience of presenting to and discussing research-in-progress with their professors and peers, in a friendly and supportive, yet academically rigorous, environment. It offers undergraduates from different disciplines the opportunity to meet, cultivate connections, and exchange ideas.
Researching, writing, and presenting a paper at a conference can seem like a daunting task. However, if you are pursuing an academic (or even non-academic) career, the effective presentation of research is a key life skill. The public sharing of your work is beneficial for improving presentation skills and gaining valuable feedback from colleagues, instructors, and friends. It also affords the opportunity to raise your professional profile and self-image, and can reduce the feeling of academic or professional isolation by offering networking opportunities.
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