ATHENS, W.Va. - Concord University's McNair Scholars Program, along with the psychology faculty, will host the fifth annual Undergraduate Research Day Thursday, April 19 in the Ballroom of the Jerry L. Beasley Student Center from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
A Graduate and Professional School Fair will be held in the Ballroom Lobby from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in conjunction with the event.
This year's Undergraduate Research Day will feature around 100 posters and 17 paper presentations by undergraduates from Concord University and Bluefield State College. BSC is a partnering institution through Concord's McNair Program.
Students will present papers from 9:15 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. in the Ballroom and State Room and from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Ballroom. The poster session will be held from 12:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.
The keynote address will be presented at 2:15 p.m. by Dr. Thomas S. Critchfield, professor of psychology at Illinois State University.
Critchfield focuses on translational science in his work by applying research to socially relevant issues. He is a Past President of the Association for Behavior Analysis International and Division 25 (Behavior Analysis) of the American Psychological Association. Currently, he serves as Trustee of the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies, Research Coordinator for The Autism Place at Illinois State University, and Advisory Board member for the Wing Institute on Evidence-Based Education.
The McNair Program and Concord's psychology faculty joined in partnership several years ago to present Undergraduate Research Day as it is today. Dr. Karen Griffee, associate professor of psychology, said the event grew out of the need for a forum where Concord students could present their research. Griffee and Dr. Rod Klein, professor of psychology and director of McNair, are co-founders of the event.
"Our current URD began as a wild idea that came out of conversations between me and Dr. Rod Klein," Griffee said. "We had lots of psychology students conducting really great research projects, but neither they nor we could afford to take them all to psychology conferences. We spoke with Joe Allen and others in the division of natural sciences and they reported similar pride in their students' work and a similar need. So, we decided we wanted to create our own research conference right here at Concord, originally intended for undergraduate students specifically doing scientific research.
"The McNair Program had for years hosted an annual, undergraduate research conference specifically for McNair students. They were already experts in organizing such an event, and so we worked with the McNair Program to transform the existing annual McNair conference into a new one, on a much larger scale that incorporates both the McNair conference functions and the new one we hoped to develop," she said.
Participants in the Graduate and Professional School Fair at Undergraduate Research Day include: Appalachian College of Pharmacy, Appalachian School of Law, University of Charleston (Physician Assistant), Concord University (Education), East Tennessee State University, Hollins University, James Madison University, King College, Lindsey Wilson College (Professional Counseling), Marshall University (STEM), Mountain State University, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, University of North Carolina at Pembroke (Business Administration), North Carolina State University, Ohio University, Old Dominion University, Radford University, Virginia Tech (Biochemistry), West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine and West Virginia University (Social Work).
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