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Honors ProgramSymposium for Undergraduate Research and Creative Work (sURC)

sURC 2021

Mount Vernon Nazarene University is pleased to announce the eighth annual Symposium for Undergraduate Research and Creative Work (sURC), set for 6-7:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 7, 2021. The symposium will feature 20-30 MVNU students who will present their research or creative work to the campus community in a conference-style event. The symposium will be virtual for the second year. Students will record their presentations and upload them to a central site, which can be accessed by audience members. These brief sessions will allow students to articulate their goals and results; there will also still be an opportunity for presenters to take questions from the audience about their projects. More details will be provided as they are available.

Last year's virtual symposium can be accessed here.

Consider work that you have completed or tasks in which you have engaged that showcase your learning at MVNU. Select a project, paper, field experience, or creative work around which you can develop a 15-minute presentation. You will field questions from the audience for five minutes at the conclusion of your presentation.
Presenting your work in a scholarly setting is an excellent practice to prepare you for future work within your discipline. It is also an excellent addition to resumes and will demonstrate your leadership skills and dedication to your profession to potential employers. This experience will also allow you to be a leader in your department, sharing work with other students who are still rising in the program.
Applications are due Wednesday, March 12, 2021, and are to be completed online at Applicants will be notified of their status by Wednesday, March 19, 2021.
If you have questions, email Yvonne Schultz at or Martha Lowe at, and/or direct questions to a faculty member within your department.

"Presenting at sURC helped me end my undergraduate career on a high note. It gave me a large-scale project to put on my resume. Not only was it a project that was important to me, but I was able to incorporate both the skills I learned as an English major and my personal experiences to create something I was incredibly proud to present."

Carley Phillips, '16

For more info

Yvonne Schultz
740-390-6868, ext. 3501

Kayla Chappell
740-390-6868, ext. 3500


"My honors coursework taught me how to think critically about relevant issues and to form my opinions by research and conviction. The moments that were most valuable for me were class discussions in Core Conversations and break-out sessions in seminars. The conversation was rich and it would spill over into the cafeteria, the chapel, and the residence hall."

Ashley McIntosh ('15)