Research conference set March 16

June 4, 2014

Sixteen students will present papers in a range of disciplines, showcasing top research efforts in Bryan’s second annual Undergraduate Research Conference March 16.

A student makes his presentation at the first Undergraduate Research Conference in the spring of 2011. Dr. Brian Eisenback, who helped organize the conference, said, “The conference provides a unique opportunity for students, staff, and faculty to learn about student research that is occurring in and out of the classroom. There are some very exciting research projects happening on campus all year long. This conference provides an opportunity for students to showcase what they are doing, as well as gain valuable experience giving a professional presentation.

“This conference is exciting because we can see what is happening on the front lines of research across many different disciplines. Education and learning can be compartmentalized at times, so here we can celebrate and integrate many different facets of God’s creation.”

Students interested in presenting papers at the conference submitted a 250-word abstract of their research, which was evaluated by a committee made up of representatives of a number of departments. Students selected will make a 15-minute presentation to an audience of peers, faculty and staff. Cash prizes will be awarded for the top three presentations, and presenters also may submit their presentations to be considered for the top paper award.

“This is truly a collaborative undertaking,” Dr. Eisenback said. “The academic support center hosted two abstract-writing workshops and two ‘preparing your presentation’ workshops for presenters. The library and academic support center are providing space for the conference, the Center for Origins Research is sponsoring lunch, and the Bryan Institute for Critical Thought and Practice is sponsoring snacks.”

Faculty members Dr. Salvatore Musumeci, Dr. Eisenback, Keri-Lynn Paulson, Bill Harle, and Pamela Hollis organized the conference.