URC Information

The 20th Annual Undergraduate Research Conference

MCLA will be celebrating its 20th Undergraduate Research Conference (URC) on April 21st , 2022.  After 3 years of hosting this event virtually, we are happy to honor this milestone with a return to in-person programming and celebrate the MCLA undergraduate student researchers from several academic disciplines. The body of work showcase the results of students' hard work in research, scholarly, and creative projects.

This year's keynote speaker is MCLA alumnae Rose Mastico ’18, who graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in psychology at MCLA, and went on to complete a Masters in Experimental Psychology in Washington State.  The Feigenbaum scholars; undergraduate students who complete a substantial research or creative project that supports a life-changing experience, will also be honored at this year's URC.

The URC highlights MCLA's commitment to nurturing a dynamic culture of research: inquiry, exploration, and mentorship and we ​encourage you to explore the many ways MCLA students are making an impact in their disciplines and communities.

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Schedule of Events

8:30 AM – 10:00 AM
Conference Registration* (Bowman Lobby)

8:45 AM - 9:00 AM
Welcome Remarks from Dr. Anna Jaysane-Darr, Chair of Undergraduate Research, and Dr. Ely Janis, Dean of Academic Affairs (Bowman Lobby)

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Paper Presentations I A (Bowman 201)
Paper Presentations I B (Bowman 203)
Special Session: IAH Student Grant
Panel (Bowman 122)

10:15 AM - 11:45 AM
Poster Session (Venable Gym) 


12:00 PM – 12:45 PM
Campus Center Gym
Welcome Remarks from President Birge
Feigenbaum Fellowship Award
Keynote Address by Rose Mastico (‘18)
Lunches (to dine in or take away)

1:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Meet the Keynote Speaker (Students Only), Sullivan Lounge

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Paper Presentations II A
(Bowman 203)
Special Session: Feigenbaum Scholars
(Bowman 122)
Special Session: Explorations in Visual Culture
(Bowman 201)
Performance: Queering Sherlock Holmes
(Murdock 218)


2:45 PM - 3:45 PM
Special Session: Interdisciplinary Worlds
(Bowman 201)
Special Session: Artist Talks
(Bowman 122)
Creative Writing at MCLA: A Special Session of Readings (Murdock 218)

4:00PM – 5:00 PM
Artist Open Studios
(Bowman 319)
Art Exhibit: Intro to Sculpture
(Bowman 3rd Floor Gallery)
Special Session: Community Nutrition
(Bowman 119)

*Conference Registration will be moved
to Venable Gymnasium during the
poster session from 10:15 AM – 11:45
AM, and then Campus Center Gym
12:00 – 1:15 PM. 

**Please remember to complete the
attendee survey available at registration
tables and in all presentation


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