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Research and Scholarship Conference

2024 Research and Scholarship Conference: March 20 - 21, 2024

This year the Research and Scholarship Conference will return with in-person exhibitions of student research, scholarship, and creative inquiry. Graduate and Undergraduate students will be able to register their academic work and present to audiences at the 26th Annual Undergraduate Exposition and 32nd Annual Graduate Research Symposium. Discover last year's virtual event linked below.


The Research & Scholarship Conference at Western Carolina University is made up of the Undergraduate Exposition, the Graduate Research Symposium, and the Faculty Scholarship Celebration. This showcase academic event is hosted by The Office of the Provost, The Graduate School and Research, and the Brinson Honors College.



The Undergraduate Research Exposition, part of WCU’s campus-wide Research and Scholarship Conference, provides students with the opportunity to work with faculty to present their research to an engaged audience on campus. The annual expo features over 200 student presenters working with more than 60 faculty sponsors.

Any undergraduate student engaged in scholarly inquiry, creative projects, or research is welcome to register for this event.




The Graduate Research Symposium brings together poster and oral presentations from graduate students across multiple disciplines and all aspects of research.


The Faculty Scholarship Celebration is an event that highlights faculty accomplishments as they relate to research. The event hosts a Faculty 3MR Competition and showcases faculty scholarship posters in addition to celebrating the recipients of the Million Dollar Circle Awards, the Hunter Scholar Award, and the Provost's Scholarship Development Grant Awards. 

Monday, March 18th (access to virtual wesbite open to campus and the public):

  • 2024 Research and Scholarship Conference's Affiliate Website Opening, featuring the 26th Annual Undergraduate Exposition, the 32nd Annual Graduate Research Symposium, and the Annual Faculty Scholarship Celebration.
  • Featured content will include project listings for graduate and undergraduate student poster, oral, and performance presentations.


Wednesday, March 20th: The Undergraduate Exposition and Graduate Research Symposium (open to campus and the public):

  • 9:00 am - 3:00 pm - Undergraduate and Graduate Oral and Performance presentations, A.K. Hinds University Center and Coulter Recital Hall
  • 3:05 pm - 3:10 pm - Preliminary 3MR Welcome, Ramsey Center Arena
  • 3:10 pm - 4:55 pm - Preliminary Faculty 3MR, Ramsey Center Arena
  • 4:55 pm - 5:00 pm - Welcome and Introduction of the Keynote Address, Ramsey Center Arena
  • 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm - The Research and Scholarship Conference Keynote Address, Looking Skyward into the Past: Cherokee Archaeoastronomy, Ramsey Center Arena
  • 6:00 pm - 6:15 pm - Award Ceremony, Ramsey Center Arena 
  • 6:15 pm - 7:30 pm - The Undergraduate Exposition and Graduate Research Symposium Poster Presentations, Fine Arts Exhibits, and Reception, Ramsey Center Concourse


Thursday, March 21st: The Faculty Scholarship Celebration:

    • 11:00 am - 12:00 pm - The 3rd Annual Faculty 3-Minute Research Talk Competition, A.K. Hinds University Center's Grandroom
    • 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm - Faculty Scholarship Celebration Luncheon, A.K. Hinds University Center's Grandroom (reservation only event)
      • 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm - Awards and Highlights

The Third Annual Faculty 3-Minute Research Competition

Hosted by the Graduate School as part of the 2024 Research and Scholarship Conference and the 32nd Annual Graduate Research Symposium

The Research and Scholarship Conference and the Graduate Research Symposium is calling for any interested faculty to participate in the third annual WCU Faculty 3-Minute Research Competition.

Modeled after the 3-Minute Thesis (3MT) competition faculty will be celebrating the exciting and innovative research, scholarship, and creative activity taking place here at WCU in only 3 minutes! The competition will be held live and in-person in the A.K. Hinds University Center on Thursday, March 21, 2024 from 11:00 am - 12:00 pm. Cash prizes will be awarded to faculty winners.

The competition is open to any faculty member from across any discipline. Faculty register using the following link:

Watch the 2023 Faculty 3-Minute Research Competition

Students Register on the web pages for the Undergraduate Exposition and the Graduate Research Symposium

Important Dates:

November 27, 2023: Registration opens for the Undergraduate Exposition and Graduate Research Symposium.

February 19, 2024: Registration closes.

February 19 - March 12, 2024: Digital upload period for registrants entering the graduate poster competition (separate instructions to be provided to registrants via catamount email).

March 18, 2024: Website opens to the community.

March 20, 2024 (events open to campus and the public): Undergraduate and Graduate Oral & Performance presentations at the A.K. Hinds University Center, the Prelminary Faculty 3MR, RASC Keynote Address, and the Annual Undergrad Expo & Grad Research Symposium's Poster Celebration - featuring both graduate and undergraduate posters, exhibits, and awards.

March 21, 2024: The Faculty Scholarship Celebration, the third annual Faculty 3-Minute Research Competition, and Faculty Scholarship Celebration Luncheon.

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