19th Annual Student Research Conference Nears

On April 20, Truman will hold its 19th annual Student Research Conference, which will feature a broad spectrum of presentations from all degree-granting academic divisions. Scheduled classes will not formally meet during the day of the Conference, thereby providing the opportunity for all students and faculty members to attend and fully participate.

The day will be a Universitywide celebration of undergraduate and graduate research, scholarship and creative achievement. This year's Conference will be a record year, with 319 presentations delivered by 399 student authors who are mentored by 161 faculty members. Students will present their scholarly work in a range of presentation types, including oral papers, posters, performing arts, studio arts and technology displays.

The day will also include a Conferencewide Plenary Address by Naomi Shihab Nye, acclaimed poet, essayist and teacher. The Plenary Session begins at 11 a.m., in Violette Hall 1000, and it will include a lecture, poetry reading, question and answer session and book signing. Nye's books are available at the Truman Bookstore, and her biography can be found on the Conference Web site at http://src.truman.edu.

Several informal, roundtable-type discussion sessions will take place during the lunch break. Three discussion sessions are designed for students to learn how to get started on a scholarly project, how to integrate scholarly projects into their curriculum, as well as opportunities for conducting research during the first year. Two other dicussion sessions are focused on faculty issues. These will focus on strategies for using scholarship in the classroom and the role of the library in fostering faculty-student research. To further encourage dialogue among all members of the University community, several Conference-wide refreshment breaks and a reception are included in the program.

The Conference Web site, http://src.truman.edu, includes the full Conference program and all presentation abstracts, which can be electronically browsed and extensively searched. Anyone visiting the Web site can create a custom schedule of presentations and events that he or she would like to attend. Student authors also have the opportunity to upload files and Web links to accompany their online abstracts. For example, presenters may have uploaded the full written paper of their oral presentation, a copy of their PowerPoint presentation, a key photograph or image, a digital audio or video file, and/or any relevant Internet addresses. In addition, the Web site includes other useful information for students and faculty, and historical details about past Conferences.

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