Student Research Conference Returns April 22


After being a completely virtual event last year due to the pandemic, the Student Research Conference will return April 22 in a hybrid format.

Asynchronous virtual oral, poster, performance art and studio art presentations, as well as a limited number of face-to-face oral presentations, will be facilitated. Undergraduate and graduate students from all academic disciplines were invited to present their scholarly or creative work.

Dr. Kalynda C. Smith, assistant professor of psychology at North Carolina A&T State University, will be the plenary speaker. Her current teaching load is primarily social psychology and cultural psychology courses. She is also a Co-PI of several STEM education NSF-funded projects focused on the academic achievement of students of color, especially as it pertains to pursuing research and graduate training. These interdisciplinary projects include faculty from education, engineering, mathematics, political science, social work and sociology and are cross-institutional. Smith’s duties include quantitative and qualitative data collection, analyses, interpretation and publication. She is primarily interested in how identity impacts the achievement outcomes of students of color including, but not limited to, racial identity, gender identity and academic identity.

Smith’s presentation, “The Exploration of Identity Intersectionality of Black Female STEM Undergraduates attending a Historically Black College and University (HBCU),” will take place at 12 p.m. April 22 via Zoom.

Additional information for the Student Research Conference, including abstracts, a schedule of events and access to virtual presentations, can be found online at Questions about the program for the conference can be directed to the Office of Student Research via email at
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