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Research and Scholarship Conference

Important Update: The 2020 Research and Scholarship Conference has been canceled for March 25 - 26, 2020 in the Ramsey Center and A.K. Hinds University Center

From Brandon Schwab, Associate Provost:

We regret that due to the COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) potential impact, we are canceling all Research and Scholarship Conference events at this time, which includes the 22nd Annual Undergraduate Exposition and the 28th Annual Graduate Research Symposium. We are truly sorry to cancel these events which are one of the highlights of the year for our campus. We also know that you have already invested considerable time and effort to prepare your materials for poster, oral, and exhibit presentations. Please know that this decision was made in the best and safe interest of all students, staff, and faculty at Western Carolina University.

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The Research & Scholarship Conference at Western Carolina University is made up of the Undergraduate Expo 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. Registration forms are available on the link to the Undergraduate Exposition below.

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 Jan Stanfield in the Graduate School for more information and how to register. 

Learn More about the Graduate Research Symposium 

Important Update: The 2020 Research and Scholarship Conference has been canceled for March 25 - 26, 2020 in the Ramsey Center and A.K. Hinds University Center

From Brandon Schwab, Associate Provost:

We regret that due to the COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) potential impact, we are canceling all Research and Scholarship Conference events at this time, which includes the 22nd Annual Undergraduate Exposition and the 28th Annual Graduate Research Symposium. We are truly sorry to cancel these events which are one of the highlights of the year for our campus. We also know that you have already invested considerable time and effort to prepare your materials for poster, oral, and exhibit presentations. Please know that this decision was made in the best and safe interest of all students, staff, and faculty at Western Carolina University.

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March 25: Various Locations Across Campus & Ramsey Arena

Sustainability and Environment Featured Presentations

11:00 am - 2:00 pm in Blue Ridge Conference Room

Join Undergraduate Students and their Faculty Mentors for a series of oral presentations, sponsored by the Sustainability and Environment Campus Theme Committee. 

  • 11:00 am - 12:30 pm: Department of Geosciences and Natural Resources Featured Undergraduate Student Presentations; Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Aimee Rockhill
  • 12:45 pm - 2:00 pm: School of Art and Design Featured Undergraduate Student Presentations; Faculty Sponsor: Justin Morgan Kennedy 

Undergraduate Expo at the Ramesy Arena

Poster Hanging Set-up times:

  • Poster hanging period on concourse level of Ramsey: 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).

The 22nd Annual Undergraduate Exposition:

  • Welcome Address: 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

 

*Note: Undergraduate Oral Presentations will be held all day (March 25 & 26) at various locations across campus. Check the Campus Map under special events for a complete listing of locations. 

March 26: A.K. Hinds University Center

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

Various locations throughout the A. K. Hinds University Center

  

2020 Graduate Research Symposium's Keynote Speaker

Dr. L. Alvin Malesky, Department of Psychology at Western Carolina University

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm in the UC Theater

Join Dr. L. Alvin Malesky in the UC Theater for his Keynote Address at the 28th Annual Graduate Research Symposium.

 

2020 Exemplary Undergraduate Oral Presentations

At various locations in the A.K. Hinds University Center. Please see the 2020 Graduate Research Symposium Program for details on locations and times.

*Note: Exemplary Undergraduate Oral Presentations will be selected to be presented on March 26, 2020 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. Exemplary undergraduate presenters will be notified of the time and location of their presentations in advance of the date.

 

Graduate Research Symposium Reception 

5:00pm - Reception and Awards in the University Center Grand Room 

Graduate Research Symposium

The 2020 Research & Scholarship Conference is joining with the campus theme of Sustainability and Environment

sustainability and environment 

This year RASC and WCU's Sustainable Energy Initiative will be focused on making the 22nd Annual Undergraduate Exposition a Zero Waste Event. 

Zero Waste Events have become a primary goal for the Sustainable Energy Initiative (SEI) and Office of Sustainability and Energy Management (OSEM) as a way to address over consumption and reduce campus waste. Zero Waste Events on campus are events with goals to generate zero food waste, consciously purchase reusable materials, minimize paper product use in marketing, and to remove unneeded purchasing of giveaway items. The SEI and OSEM are proud to partner with the 22nd Annual Undergraduate Exposition to create the largest zero waste event in Western Carolina University history.

In addition, we hope to bring together participants from across the colleges to share in how WCU defines research and creative inquiry, and to highlight the contributions that students and faculty have made in their fields as it relates to this theme.  

RASC will feature events over the 2-day period that students, faculty, and the community can attend to connect with this campus theme. And, for undergraduate students, many of the events featured will be designated for Degree Plus.

See the list of Sustainability and Environment and Degree Plus tagged events for the 2020 Research and Scholarship Conference below, and check out our more detailed schedule on this page.

March 25, 2020:

  • Sustainability and Environment Featured Oral Presentations from Geosciences and Natural Resources and School of Art and Design
  • The 2020 Undergraduate Exposition Faculty Panel and Keynote Address by Dr. Diane Styers of Western Carolina University
  • The 2020 Undergraduate Exposition Poster  and Exhibit Celebration, featuring both Undergraduate and Graduate Presentations

The Research and Scholarship Conference is an event that would not be possible without the dedication and service of Western Carolina University Faculty and Staff Members.

The 2019 - 2020 RASC Committee is made up of Faculty and Staff representatives from across the colleges, the Brinson Honors College, the Graduate School, and the Office of the Provost. Committee members collaborate through the academic year to organize, create, and facilitate the combined event.

2019- 2020 Committee Members

  • Robert Youker (co-chair)
  • Munene Mwaniki
  • Katie Zejdlik-Passalacqua
  • Bora Karayaka
  • Mary Kay Waters
  • Jill Granger
  • Scottie Kapel
  • Kloo Hansen (chair)
  • Suzanne Melton
  • Brandon Schwab
  • Brian Kloeppel
  • Joy Bowers-Campbell
  • Jan Stanfield

The Research and Scholarship Conference and Sustainability and Environment Committees Welcome the 2020 Kenynote Speaker:

Dr. Diane Styers

Associate Professor of Geosciences and Natural Resources, Western Carolina University

sustainability and environment

  

Dr. Styers uses remote sensing and geospatial approaches to analyze patterns of social and ecological processes that drive landscape changes affecting earth's resources. Her current research focuses on analyzing ecosystem structure and function and examining changes over space and time, particularly in response to natural and human disturbances. This information helps support her ultimate goal of mapping, quantifying, and valuing ecosystem services. Dr. Styers’areas of expertise include: LiDAR data analysis, object-based image analysis (OBIA), MODIS and Landsat phenology and other time series analysis, multi-sensor integration, forest ecology (structure and function), human ecology mapping, air pollution effects on forest ecosystems, and dendroecology.

Ramsey Arena

March 25, 2020

5:00 – 6:00 PM

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