Research and Scholarship Celebration

The Undergraduate Expo and the Graduate Research Symposium
March 21 & 22, 2018 

A combined event hosted by The Office of the Provost and The Graduate School



The Undergraduate Research Exposition, part of WCU’s campus-wide Research and Scholarship Celebration, provides students with the opportunity to work with faculty to present their research to an engaged audience on campus. The annual expo features over 200 student presenters working with more than 60 faculty sponsors.

March 21: Ramsey Arena

Poster hanging period: 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM (All posters must be up no later than 2:00 pm)

Poster Preview: 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM (Browse posters created by your peers).

Welcome: Dr. Brandon Schwab, Associate Provost for Academic Affairs, 4:00 – 4:05 PM

Faculty Panel: 4:05-4:55 PM (including Q & A)

Introduction of Keynote Speaker: 4:55-5:00 PM

Keynote Address: 5:00 – 6:00 PM

Reception & Celebration: 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM 

Undergraduate & Graduate Posters: 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

March 22: University Center

Graduate Research Symposium
10:00 AM – 6:30 PM

Exemplary abstracts will be selected to be presented orally on March 22 at the Graduate Research Symposium. Primary abstract authors will be notified of decisions by catamount email. Please share decisions with your faculty sponsors. You will receive an email notification with your entry information.

The Research and Scholarship Celebration is an event that would not be possible without the dedication and service of Western Carolina University Faculty and Staff Members. The RASC Committee is made up of Faculty and Staff representatives from all colleges and the Office of the Provost. Committee members collaborate through the academic year to organize, create, and facilitate the combined event. 

 

Undergraduate Expo Registration Directions 

Undergraduate students who are interested in participating in the Undergraduate Expo and Graduate Research Symposium will need to submit their abstracts using the Qualtrics form, which will be made available in January, 2018. More information and guidelines for abstract submissions are provided below.

Instructions for registration

A registration form will be available in January, 2018.
The registration form is to be completed by the student.

Before you begin registering for the Undergraduate Expo, please be sure to have the following finalized and approved by your faculty mentor and ready to enter into the registration form:
1. A complete project title, italicized, and in sentence case (ex: Flipping the classroom in an undergraduate social work research course).
2. An abstract (</= 300 words) in Microsoft Word format. Please include the title of the project in italics and sentence case on the abstract, but no names please.
3. If you are doing an oral presentation, have a location, time and date set up to enter into this form. It is the student and faculty mentor’s responsibility to arrange locations ahead of time.
4. Spell all names correctly, including your faculty sponsor(s) and co-presenters, if applicable.
5. Complete only one registration per project (unless presenting in 2 different formats, for example, both an oral and poster presentation). 

Students who do not register via this registration form will not be permitted to present at the event.

Abstracts can describe expected results if the results of the study are not complete at the time of registration.

Abstracts will be reviewed according to the rubric available at HERE.

Exemplary abstracts will be selected to be presented orally on March 22 at the Graduate Research Symposium. Primary abstract authors will be notified of decisions by catamount email. Please share decisions with your faculty sponsors. You will receive an email notification with your entry information.

REMINDER: The text you enter will be the exact text in the program booklet, so make sure your registration is accurate.

Registration Form

The registration form will be available in January, 2018.
Students can return to this tab for link to the Qualtrics form for registration.

REMINDER: The text you enter will be the exact text in the program booklet, so make sure your registration is accurate.

abstract rubric

All abstracts submitted by students will be evaluated using the same assessment rubric. 
Feel free to preview the rubric to assit you in construction of your abstracts.

Exemplary abstracts by undergraduate students will be selected to be presented orally on March 22 at the Graduate Research Symposium. Primary abstract authors will be notified of decisions by catamount email. Please share decisions with your faculty sponsors. You will receive an email notification with your entry information.

Abstract Writing Workshops

Before you registerconsider joining us for an abstract writing workshop!
In an effort support students in their abstract construction the Office of the Provost and the Graduate School will host a series of workshops for students. 

The current schedule for abstract workshops is being finalized for 2018. 

  



 

National Conference for Undergraduate Research (NCUR)

2016 NCUR Group

2016 NCUR Group

The Honors College and the Office of the Provost coordinate Western Carolina University's annual participation in this national conference. Students' proposals from over 300 colleges and universities nationwide were accepted for the conference. NCUR 2018 will be held at the University of Central Oklahoma from April 4-7.

Online Abstract Submissions Opens October 3, 2017
Abstract Submission Deadline December 5, 2017
Find out more at http://tinyurl.com/NCUR-2018

WCU students interested in getting travel and registration support for the conference should list Jill Granger as the Undergraduate Research Office Coordinator (UROC) in their Abstract Submission, using the following contact information: jngranger@wcu.edu and 828-227-7383.  WCU will only be able to support registration and travel expenses for first authors.  If departments would like to supplement the fund in order to take additional co-author students, on a space available basis, department heads may contact Jill Granger to make arrangements.  Students attending NCUR, with travel and registration support from WCU, are expected to attend the ENTIRE conference (April 4-7, 2018).  Please keep this mind, as students will be away from campus and will be missing classes. 

All students who would like travel support funding for NCUR 2018 will need to complete the following form:

NCUR TRAVEL SUPPORT FUNDING REQUEST


Expo Archives

Download the 2017 RASC Program HERE

In2015, the Expo featured the work of over 290 student presenters with 67 faculty sponsors.
Download the 2015 Program

In 2014, the Expo featured the work of over 240 student presenters with 61 faculty sponsors.
Download the 2014 Program

In 2013, the Expo featured the work of over 280 student presenters with 81 faculty sponsors.
Download the 2013 Program

In 2012, the Expo featured the work of over 260 student presenters with 65 faculty sponsors.
Download the 2012 Program

In 2011, the Expo featured the work of over 280 student presenters with 77 faculty sponsors.
Download the 2011 Program

In 2010, the Expo featured the work of over 190 student presenters with 68 faculty sponsors.
Download the 2010 Program

In 2009, the Expo featured the work of over 200 student presenters with 72 faculty sponsors.
Download the 2009 Program

In 2008, the Expo featured the work of over 220 student presenters with 64 faculty sponsors.
Download the 2008 Program

In 2007, the Expo featured the work of over 200 student presenters with 57 faculty sponsors.
Download the 2007 Program

Learn More

Explore Imagine Magazine to see featured research projects conducted by WCU students.

For more information on the Research and Scholarship Celebration, email Kloo Hansen at kchansen@wcu.edu or call 828.227.3016.

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