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Undergraduate Research Day
nd Graduate & Professional School Fair


Concord University celebrates the scholarly accomplishments of its students at the annual Undergraduate Research Day each spring semester.  The event allows Concord University students to present their research in either paper or poster format and interact with fellow students, faculty and community guests.   The Undergraduate Research Day is hosted by the McNair Scholars and Psychology Programs.

Undergraduate Research Day also features a Graduate and Professional School Fair with representatives from many regional institutions, such as Marshall University, West Virginia State University, Virginia Tech, University of North Carolina – Greensboro, University of North Carolina – Pembroke, Hollins University, Pikeville College of Osteopathic Medicine, Radford University, WV College of Osteopathic Medicine, and Concord University.   Students are able to interact with representatives that provide information about their graduate school and professional programs.

2019 Undergraduate Research Day

The 12th Annual Undergraduate Research Day and Graduate & Professional School Fair will be held Thursday, April 18, 2019 in the Jerry L. Beasley Student Center Ballroom.

Tentative Schedule of Events:

  •  9:30 - 10:45         Student Paper Presentations
  • 11:00 - 12:15        Student Paper Presentations
  • 12:30 - 1:45          Poster Session
  •  2:00 - 3:15           Keynote Speaker:  Dr. Erica Holliday, Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in Galveston, Texas
  •                              Keynote Address:  Humble Roots to Huckleberry:  Reflections on the Path to a Career with Dr. Holliday
  • 2019 URD Program

All students wishing to present their work must register online and submit an Abstract Submission Form and a confirmation form signed by their Faculty Sponsor to the McNair Office (SC111) in the Student Center.

Deadline to register is Tuesday, April 9, 2019

For additional information, contact either the McNair Scholars Program staff (Phone: 304-384-6019, Email: or the Psychology Faculty (Email:,, or

Past Meetings

2018 Meeting

  • The 11th Annual Undergraduate Research Day was held on April 12, 2018
  • Keynote Speaker:  Dr. Janine Kripner, Volcanologist and Postodoctoral Researcher, Concord University
  • Keynote Address:  "Explosive Volcanic Eruptions:  Understanding Deadly Volcanoes to Help Communities Prepare for Eruptions"
  • 2018 URD Program

2017 Meeting

  • The 10th Annual Undergraduate Research Day was held on April 13, 2017
  • Special Skype Presentation:  Dr. Michael Kimmer, Distinguished Professor of Sociology, University of Stony Brook
  • Keynote Address:  "The Problem with Masculinity"

2016 Meeting

  • The 9th Annual Undergraduate Research Day was held on April 14, 2016
  • Keynote Speaker: Dr. Daniel Ehlinger, Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School
  • Keynote Address: "From Man to Mouse: Uncovering the Neural Circuits of Developmental and Psychiatric Disorders in Animal Models"

2015 Meeting

  • The 8th Annual Undergraduate Research Day was held on April 16, 2015
  • Keynote Speaker: Dr. Michael R. Markham, Case-Hooper Assistant Professor of Biology at the University of Oklahoma
  • Keynote Address: "The Costs of Active Sensory and Communication Signals in Electric Fish: From Behavior to Molecules"

2014 Meeting

  • The 7th Annual Undergraduate Research Day was held on April 24, 2014
  • Keynote Speaker: Dr. Erik Auguston, Program Director and Behavioral Scientist for the National Cancer Institute's Tobacco Control Research Branch
  • Keynote Address: "The Potential of Mobile Health in the Treatment of Health Risk Behaviors: Domestic and International Examples from the National Cancer Institute's Initiative"

2013 Meeting

  • The 6th Annual Undergraduate Research Day was held April 25, 2013
  • Keynote Speaker: Dr. Darby Proctor, Research Fellow at Emory University's Yerkes Primate Research Center
  • Keynote Address: "Behavioral Economics in Nonhuman Primates"

2012 Meeting

  • The 5th Annual Undergraduate Research Day was held April 19, 2012
  • Keynote Speaker: Dr. Thomas S. Critchfield, Assistant Professor of Psychology at Illinois State University
  • Keynote Address: "Science is Your Super Power: The Role of Research-Savvy Consumers (Like You) in Influencing Public Policy"


2011 Meeting

  • The 4th Annual Undergraduate Research Day was held April 21, 2011
  • Keynote Speaker: Dr. Wilburn Hayden, Professor of Social Work at York University
  • Keynote Address: "Black Appalachia"

2010 Meeting

  • The 3rd Annual Undergraduate Research Day was held April 15, 2010
  • Keynote Speaker: Dr. Gary Rankin, WV-INBRE and Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine at Marshall University
  • Keynote Address: "Evolution of a Scientist"

2009 Meeting

  • The 2nd Annual Undergraduate Research Day was held April 23, 2009
  • Keynote Speaker: Dr. Steven W. Gangestad, Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of New Mexico
  • Keynote Address: "Revisiting Human Estrus: How Women's Sexual Interests Change Across the Ovulatory Cycle"

2008 Meeting

  • The 1st Annual Undergraduate Research Day was held April 22, 2008
  • Concord University Keynote Speakers: Dr. Jerry Beasley (President); Dr. Joe Allen (Geology); Dr. Rod Klein (Psychology); and Dr. Tom McKenna (Philosophy and History)