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Wednesday, Feb. 10
4 p.m.
Union 304

Scholarship Symposium

Elliott Student Union
April 19, 2016
Friday, Feb. 12 deadline for abstracts

Alyssa T.

Acceptance into my current graduate program was due to my experience with undergraduate research.
Alyssa T., 2015

Nick B.

I collaborated with professionals nationally and gave regional presentations.
Nick B., 2015

Shawn C.

It gave me the skills and knowledge I need to become an ecological scholar and scientist.
Shawn C., 2015

Scholars Symposium and Creative Achievement Day

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Call for Submissions:
2016 Scholars Symposium and Creative Achievement Day

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016
Elliott Student Union

The Office of Undergraduate Research and External Scholarships at the University of Central Missouri invites abstract submissions for the annual Scholars Symposium and Creative Achievement Day. The symposium is the university’s premiere event dedicated to showcasing achievements in undergraduate research and creative projects. All undergraduate UCM students are eligible to participate.

To promote engaged dialogue, the primary format of the event is roundtable presentations organized by discipline and moderated by UCM faculty. There will also be special sessions dedicated to the arts and humanities including, but not limited to, dance, theatre, fashion, and those presentations that utilize the common reader.  Student organizations, special topic courses, and other groups are encouraged to organize panels.  Art, photography, sculpture, scientific posters, and projects suitable for display will be exhibited.

Abstracts should be a maximum of 250 words and submitted here by Friday, February 12th at 5 p.m. These abstracts will then be evaluated by The Honors College Advisory Committee, who will choose presenters and determine those who are eligible for competition (up to 18 presentations in each category will be eligible for cash prizes).  Students will be notified by early March regarding the committee's decision.

In addition, the most innovative abstract from each category will be selected for participation in the Provost's Panel. Students chosen for this regognition will present their work during a special session moderated by Provost Curtis. Selection to the Provost Panel represents the highest honor available to undergraduate participants of the symposium.



2015 Scholars Symposium and Creative Achievement Day


On behalf of 2015 symposium judges, the Office of Undergraduate Research and External Scholarships would like to congratulate the following winners:


Category: Social and Behavioral Sciences

First Prize: Alyssa tenBroek "Drinking the Kool-Aid: Student Perceptions of Dangerous Cults and New Religious Movements"
Second Prize: Micah Melling “An Analysis of Presidential Debates”
Third Prize: Sarah Towne “The Arthur F. McClure Twentieth Century Historical Collection: A Case Study in Archival Practice”

Category: Science and Technology

First Prize: Nicholas Hanna "Spinel Oxide Catalysts for Oxygen Reduction in Microbial Fuel Cells"
Second Prize: Shawn Colborn "Remote Camera Survey of Coyote and Other Mesopredators Near Leeton, Missouri"
Third Prize: Christopher Cooper "Building a Case for Residential Aquaponic Integration: An Environmentally Conscious Interior Design Perspective"

Category: Arts

First Prize: Nicolas Bissen "A Brief History of Takadimi and its Pedagogical Potential"
Second Prize: Kelsey Reinsfelder "Dead7y"
Third Prize: Taylor Hudson "A Streetcar Named Desire Reimagined"

For questions, please contact Dr. Jennifer Carson, Coordinator for Undergraduate Research and External Scholarships, e-mail:

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