The WKU Student Research Conference showcases the scholarly activities of graduate and undergraduate students of diverse disciplines from across main and regional campuses. An annual tradition since 1970, the conference has provided opportunities for thousands of students to present talks, performances, posters, exhibits, and displays on their research and creative endeavors. The conference is the culminating event for the new REACH Week celebration of student scholarship.
The 43rd Annual WKU Student Research Conference is scheduled for Saturday, March 23, 2013. With 320 presentations this conference will be, by far, the biggest in the event's history. There are 150 papers, 161 posters/exhibits, and nine spotlight performances. A total of 218 undergraduate students and 102 graduate students are presenters this year. In addition, 49 students are co-primary authors and 126 are secondary authors.
The interdisciplinary nature of the conference is evident in the broad range of subject areas covered in the presentations. Student participants represent diverse disciplines from 42 departments, programs, and institutes in all colleges. A total of 151 faculty members served as mentors, providing expert instruction and guidance to our student researchers, artists, and performers.
Among the undergraduate participants in the conference are 72 Honors College students, many of whom are presenting their capstone experience/thesis projects. An additional 44 students are in the Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky. Since its creation in 2008, a total of 146 Gatton Academy students have presented at the conference. Also among the undergraduate participants are 96 recipients of FUSE grants. Sponsored by the Office of Academic Affairs and the Office of Research, Faculty-Undergraduate Student Engagement grants support students' intellectual development by fostering active engagement in the areas of research, creative and scholarly activities, and/or artistic performances.
-- the abstract submission timeframe is 12/14/12 to 2/15/13 --