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Research and Scholarship Conference

The 2023 Research and Scholarship Conference: March 22 - 23, 2023

This year the Research and Scholarship Conference will return with both in-person and virtual exhibitions of student research, scholarship, and creative inquiry. Graduate and Undergraduate students will be able to register their academic work for display on the Research and Scholarship Conference's virtual platform as well as present to audiences at the 25th Annual Undergraduate Exposition and 31st Annual Graduate Research Symposium. Graduate and Undergraduate Student Registration will open November 28, 2022. Details will be shared with the campus community as registration draws near. Until then, discover last year's virtual event linked below.

DISCOVER THE 2022 VIRTUAL EVENT

The Research & Scholarship Conference at Western Carolina University is made up of the Undergraduate Exposition and the Graduate Research Symposium. This showcase academic event is hosted by The Office of the Provost, The Graduate School and Research, and the Brinson Honors College.

Undergraduate Research Exposition

Student performing research

 

The Undergraduate Research Exposition, part of WCU’s campus-wide Research and Scholarship Conference, 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.

Any undergraduate student engaged in scholarly inquiry, creative projects, or research is welcome to register for this event. The registration form is available on the link to the Undergraduate Exposition.

REGISTER AND LEARN MORE ABOUT THE UNDERGRADUATE EXPOSITION

Graduate Research Symposium

Student performing research

 

The Graduate Research Symposium is made up of three parts, research poster presentations, oral presentations and an academic paper competition.

Graduate students interested in registering for the Graduate Research Symposium should contact the Graduate School for more information and how to register.

REGISTER AND LEARN MORE ABOUT THE GRADUATE RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM

  

Schedule at a Glance:

Monday, March 21st (access to virtual wesbite open to campus and the public):

  • 2023 Research and Scholarship Conference's Website Opening, featuring the 25th Annual Undergraduate Exposition and the 31st Annual Graduate Research Symposium.
  • Featured content will include graduate and undergraduate student poster, oral, and performance presentations.

Wednesday, March 22nd (open to campus and the public):

  • 9:00 am - 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm: Faculty-Student Featured Presentations of research, scholarship, and creative inquiry in the Bardo Fine Arts Center, Theater Room 130
  • 4:55 pm - 6:00 pm - The Research and Scholarship Conference Keynote Address. Sponsored by the Graduate Research Symposium and the Undergraduate Exposition, and will be held in the Ramsey Center Arena.
  • 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm The Undergraduate Exposition and Graduate Research Symposium Poster Presentations and Conference Celebration, to be held on the Concourse Level of the Ramsey Center.

Thursday, March 23rd (open to campus and the public):

  • Thursday, March 24 from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm - Graduate Student Project Discussions held in the A.K. Hinds University Center
  • Thursday, March 24 from 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm - Faculty 3MT Competition held in the A.K. Hinds University Center
  • Thursday, March 24 from 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm - Graduate Research Symposium Awards Ceremony in the A.K. Hinds University Center

The 2023 Research and Scholarship Conference is still planning the faculty-student featured presentation theme. Please check back soon for more details.

What are the Faculty-Student Featured Presentations?

These presentations are an opportinity for Faculty and students to present their research, scholarship, and creative projects together as a team and through the lense of the theme for the conference event. Faculty-student teams will have an opportunity to register and be featured presenters at the conference.

The 2023 Research & Scholarship Conference will host faculty-student presentations all day on March 22nd, 2023, from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm in two concurrent sessions. Graduate and Undergraduate faculty-student teams will be featured.

  • Session 1: March 23 from 9am – 12pm
  • Session 2: March 23 from 1pm – 4pm

The Second Annual Faculty 3-Minute Research Competition

Hosted by the Graduate School as part of the 2022 Research and Scholarship Conference and the 31st Annual Graduate Research Symposium

The Research and Scholarship Conference and the Graduate Research Symposium is calling for any interested faculty to participate in the first annual WCU Faculty 3-Minute Research Competition.

Modeled after the 3-Minute Thesis (3MT) competition faculty will celebrating the exciting and innovative research, scholarship, and creative activity taking place here at WCU in only 3 minutes! The competition will be held live and in-person in the A.K. Hinds University Center on Thursday, March 23, 2023 from 3:00 - 4:00 pm. Cash prizes will be awarded to faculty winners.

The competition is open to any faculty member from across any discipline.

Watch the 2022 Faculty 3-Minute Research Competition

Students Register on the web pages for the Undergraduate Exposition and the Graduate Research Symposium

Important Dates:

November 28, 2022: Registration opens for the Undergraduate Exposition and Graduate Research Symposium.

February 20, 2023: Registration closes.

February 20 - March 15, 2023: Digital upload period for all registrants (separate instructions to be provided to registrants via catamount email).

March 20, 2022: Website opens to the community.

March 22, 2023: Faculty-Student Featured Presentations, the RASC Keynote Address, and the Annual Undergrad Expo Poster Celebration - featuring both graduate and undergraduate posters and exhibits.

March 23, 2022: The Graduate Research Symposium Concurrent Sessions, the second annual Faculty 3-Minute Research Competition, and the Graduate Research Symposium Awards Ceremony.

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