Student Research Conference Set for April 7

Truman will hold its 22nd annual Student Research Conference April 7. The Conference is a University-wide celebration of student research, scholarship, and creative achievement in all disciplines. All students are invited and encouraged to present their scholarly or creative work.

Abstract submission is required for all presentations and done online at A copy of the submitted information will be sent electronically to the student presenter’s faculty mentor for approval. The deadline for submitting abstracts is Feb. 6.

This year has two major anniversaries for students to consider when submitting their applications.  Both Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin were born 200 years ago.

In addition to 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.

The Student Research Conference also honors those students who received Undergraduate Research/Scholarship Grants the previous year. Those students present at the Conference, and their papers/posters are highlighted as well as listed on a dedicated page within the program. The deadline for application for stipends for the 2009 summer program is fast approaching.

The University awards more than 40 of these grants every year, which provide students $2,000 to pursue investigative, creative and scholarly activities over the summer. These projects in past years have included a wide variety of original efforts directed toward the advancement of knowledge and understanding within all academic disciplines.  

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

Students at all undergraduate levels are eligible, with the restriction being that students must be prepared to present the results at the Student Research Conference in the spring of 2010.

Guidelines are available at  A successful application from last year can be read at

For questions about Undergraduate Research/Scholarship Grants or the Student Research Conference, contact Sara Orel, professor of  Art, at 785.4419 or
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