Student research conference planned in April

June 3, 2014

LibrarysmBryan students will get a taste of making presentations to professional societies when the college hosts its first Undergraduate Research Conference in April.

Jointly sponsored by the Academic Support Center, the Center for Origins Research, and the library, the conference, titled “Fresh Perspectives,” will allow students to present posters or papers outlining a research project, followed by a question-and-answer session or panel discussion.

“This is modeled after professional conferences we attend,” history professor Dr. Salvatore Musumeci said. “It gives a platform for students to show all the work they do.” Dr. Musumeci together with biology professor Dr. Brian Eisenback, Spanish professor Dr. Michele Pascucci, Academic Support Center Director Mr. William Harle, and reference librarian Keri-Lynn Paulson are planning the conference.

Students from any discipline on campus are invited to submit abstracts of their research to or by March 4. A faculty committee will review the proposals and select the projects to be presented.

“As a Bryan student, I took a senior semester course (in biology) where we had to do research and make several presentations,” Dr. Eisenback said. “In graduate school, I was more comfortable making presentations to groups than other students; that experience made me better-prepared than many of my classmates. It helped advance me in professional ways.”

Dr. Musumeci added, “This fits into our mission statement of preparing students to go into the world and make a difference. It will help them learn to take constructive criticism and show them how to improve their presentations.”

The conference on April 15 will be presented in the library on a schedule to match class periods that day, allowing students, faculty, and staff to attend throughout the day.

Following the conference professors will critique the presentations and work with students to improve their work. Those interested may resubmit their projects for judging, with the top three receiving a cash award.