A combined event hosted by The Office of the Provost, The Graduate School and Research, and the Honors College
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
Various locations throughout the University Center
Participants will be notified of the time and location of their presentations
5:00pm - Reception and Awards in the Blue Ridge Conference Room
Exemplary undergraduate 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.
View the Graduate Research Symposium Program
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.
College of Arts and Sciences
College of Business
College of Education and Allied Professions
College of Engineering and Technology
College of Fine and Performing Arts
College of Health and Human Sciences
Office of the Provost
The Graduate School
Mr. Gene Nichol will present the 2018 Research & Scholarship Celebration Keynote Address. Mr. Nichol will be presenting his speech titled, Engaged Scholarship at Public Universities.
Gene Nichol is Boyd Tinsley distinguished professor at the University of North Carolina. He was director of the UNC Poverty Center (2008-2015) until it was closed by the Board of Governors for publishing articles critical of the governor and General Assembly. Since 2015, his research has been supported by the N.C. Poverty Research Fund.
Nichol was president of the College of William & Mary (2005-2008), law dean at the University of Colorado (1988-1995), and dean at UNC from 1999-2005.Nichol is author of FEDERAL COURTS (West, 2015) and SEEING THE INVISIBLE: Putting a Face on Poverty in North Carolina (2015). He’s published articles in the Harvard, Yale, Chicago, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Duke, California, and Virginia law reviews.
He’s been an op-ed columnist for the Raleigh News & Observer for fifteen years. He’s also executive producer of the documentary, “A Generation of Change: Bill Friday, Terry Sanford and North Carolina” (UNC-TV, 2016). In 2003, Nichol received the ABA's Edward Finch Award for delivering the nation's best Law Day address. In 2004, he was named Carolina’s pro bono professor of the year. The next year, he was inducted into the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, North Carolina’s highest civilian honor; and Equal Justice Works named him Pro Bono Dean of the year. In 2008, he received Oklahoma State University's Distinguished Alumnus Award; the "Courage to do Justice Award" from the National Employment Lawyers Association; and the Thomas Jefferson Award for defense of religious liberty from the Military Religious Freedom Foundation. In 2013, the NC Council of Churches gave Nichol its Faith Active in Public Life Award; the NC-ACLU named him its W.W. Finlator Award winner; and UNC gave him its Thomas Jefferson Award – the university’s highest faculty honor. In 2014, he received the McCall Teaching Award from the UNC Law School and the University of Colorado’s Joanne Arnold award for courage in defense of civil liberty.
Nichol attended Oklahoma State University, receiving a degree in philosophy and playing varsity football. He obtained his J.D. from the University of Texas, graduating Order of the Coif (1973).
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 is now open below. The deadline for abstract submissions is February 16, 2018 by midnight. More information and guidelines for abstract submissions are provided below.
A registration form will be available from January 16, 2018 to February 16, 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
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 document 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.
The Registration Form has now closed. If you need assistance or have an abstract you'd like considered, please email Kloo Hansen at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 227-2010.
REMINDER: The text you enter will be the exact text in the program booklet, so make sure your registration is accurate. Deadline to submit is February 16, 2018 by midnight.
All abstracts submitted by students will be evaluated using the same assessment rubric document.
Feel free to preview the rubric to assist you in the construction of your abstracts (note: the rubric document includes 2 rubric tables, both of which are designed to meet the organizational needs of diverse discipline expecations in abstract construction).
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.
Before you register, consider joining us for an a poster workshop!
In an effort support students in the construction of the poster, the Office of the Provost and the Graduate School will host 2 poster writing workshops for students. Hunter Library's Scottie Kapel will host the poster writing workshops.
Poster Workshop Dates:
We need student volunteers to help coordinate and facilitate the RASC event! If you would like to volunteer, and be part of the RASC event please complete the volunteer sign-up form linked below. If you have questions about volunteering contact Kloo Hansen at email@example.com.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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:
Download the 2017 RASC Program HERE
In 2015, the Expo featured the work of over 290 student presenters with 67 faculty
Download the 2015 Program
In 2014, the Expo featured the work of over 240 student presenters with 61 faculty
Download the 2014 Program
In 2013, the Expo featured the work of over 280 student presenters with 81 faculty
Download the 2013 Program
In 2012, the Expo featured the work of over 260 student presenters with 65 faculty
Download the 2012 Program
In 2011, the Expo featured the work of over 280 student presenters with 77 faculty
Download the 2011 Program
In 2010, the Expo featured the work of over 190 student presenters with 68 faculty
Download the 2010 Program
In 2009, the Expo featured the work of over 200 student presenters with 72 faculty
Download the 2009 Program
In 2008, the Expo featured the work of over 220 student presenters with 64 faculty
Download the 2008 Program
In 2007, the Expo featured the work of over 200 student presenters with 57 faculty
Download the 2007 Program
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For more information on the Research and Scholarship Celebration, email Kloo Hansen at email@example.com or call 828.227.3016.