Three students present at history conference

June 5, 2014

4.28_AlexMaldonado 4.28_JoannaHill 4.28_OliviaEanesSeveral Bryan students presented their research at the 10th annual Southeast Tennessee Undergraduate History Conference, which was hosted by Lee University in Cleveland, Tenn., on April 8. This marks the fourth year of Bryan’s participation in the conference.

Senior Alexandra Maldonado Three Bryan students presented, setting the school’s record for number of participants: Olivia Eanes, Joanna Hill, and Alexandra Maldonado. All three seniors had previously presented their research at Bryan’s own Undergraduate Research Conference and were excited to again share with an academic audience.

Senior Olivia Eanes “The opportunity to interact with history students and professors from other schools was wonderful,” reflected senior Olivia Eanes. “Not only did we have a chance to hear what other students were researching, but between sessions we were able to converse with them about their interests and hear what history programs and classes are like at our neighboring schools.” She especially appreciated that the conference “provided a great opportunity to gain experience presenting research and to rub brains with other budding scholars.”

Senior Joanna Hill Dr. Salvatore Musumeci, history professor and co-director of the Bryan Center for Undergraduate Research, said, “It is a great platform for our history majors and minors to begin fleshing out their senior thesis ideas and research or to dig deeper on various projects they have worked on in their courses over the years, as well as to interact with other history majors and minors from different schools.” He also pointed out, “The student history conference allows for an inter-collegial, interactive discussion to occur between students and faculty interested primarily in history.”

Past participants in the Southeast Tennessee Undergraduate History Conference include Evan Johnson ’11 at the University of Tennessee (Chattanooga) in 2011, Shannon McGowan ‘12 at Covenant College in 2012, and Joanna Hill and Grace Hughbanks ’13 at Bryan College in 2013. Next year’s conference will be hosted by Southern Adventist University.

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