URC Information

2021 Keynote Speaker Ama Bemma

Information on our Keynote Speaker Ama Bemma Adwetewa-Badu   

The 19th annual Undergraduate Research Conference

On Thursday April 22, 2021 the College will sponsor the 19th annual Undergraduate Research Conference (URC) to recognize our students for their hard work and dedication in producing outstanding academic projects. "Research" in this case is defined very broadly to include creative and scholarly work, and the conference is open to all disciplines.

We have a robust program to offer this year with 5 poster breakout sessions, 6 panels, and 11 special sessions, in addition to a keynote address offered by Ama Bemma Adwetewa-Badu (MCLA class of 2015). At the end of a challenging semester, we are grateful for the occasion to come together in this way and celebrate the work of our students!

View the MCLA URC Program:

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view the 2021 Virtual URC Canvas page:

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MCLA URC: Call for Papers

The 19th annual Undergraduate Research Conference will take place virtually on April 22, 2021. The Undergraduate Research Council is soliciting 150-word abstracts for presentations: papers, posters, creative writing, visual artwork, and performances.

Click here to submit.

Student Abstract Deadline: March 12th, 2021

The format for abstract submission will remain the same as last year to encourage faculty involvement. The students will submit their abstracts by March 12th at 5pm using Dynamic Forms, and they will be sent to the faculty sponsors for review and approval. Faculty sponsors will have until March 22nd at 5pm to submit the approved abstracts to the conference planning committee through Dynamic Forms. 

Students who wish to participate should consult with their faculty advisor before submitting an abstract.

Presentation guidelines: paper and creative writing presentations will be limited to 20 minutes. Time limits on performances will be set once we know how many submissions we receive. Posters and visual art will be on virtual display. Special session presentations will be of variable length depending on number of papers in that session.

Eligible presenters should consider submitting an application for the MCLA Scholar designation (application found here) by April 1st, and the Pamela Dennis Scholarship by the end of March (Contact the Financial Aid office for more information).

MCLA MiniGrants provide support to students conducting independent, faculty-mentored research, creative, and scholarly work. Students can apply for up to $300 individually or $600 in groups to support the purchase of materials/supplies, participation in conferences, etc. (Application found here). Applications are due by March 12th.

Any questions should be directed towards Dr. Jenna Sciuto, Chair of Undergraduate Research, or Dr. Anna Jaysane-Darr, Associate Chair of Undergraduate Research.