Students Encouraged to Submit Projects for Student Research Conference Next Spring

Students are encouraged to submit their research projects for the 22nd annual Student Research Conference, which will take place April 7, 2009.

The conference celebrates students’ research, scholarship and creative achievement in all disciplines. Students in all departments are invited and encouraged to present their scholarly or creative work.

Students who want to present their research should prepare an abstract, which they will submit online at The submission site will be open at the beginning of the spring semester and the deadline for submitting abstracts is Feb. 6.

Along with the many student presentations, the day will feature a conference-wide plenary address delivered by Salima Ikram, professor of Egyptology at the American University of Cairo and a world-renowned expert in mummies, both human and animal.

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.

In addition to the Student Research Conference, Truman has a long tradition of providing grants for independent undergraduate research. The grants provide students with $2,000 to pursue investigative, creative and scholarly activities over the summer.

More than 40 undergraduate research stipends are available to students in any year in all departments, but in order to receive a stipend, students are required to present at the Student Research Conference the year following their research.

Grant projects should be original and promote independent work by the student.

The deadline to apply for stipends for the 2009 summer program is Feb. 6. Guidelines for application are available at

For more information about the Student Research Conference or the undergraduate research stipends, please contact Sara Orel, professor of art history, at or 785.4419.

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