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Honors ProgramSymposium for Undergraduate Research and Creative Work (sURC)

sURC 2023

Mount Vernon Nazarene University is pleased to announce the annual Symposium for Undergraduate Research and Creative Work (sURC) to take place Wednesday, April 5, 2023 from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. in the Jetter building. 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. These brief sessions will allow students to articulate their goals and results as well as take questions from the audience. Refreshments will be served.
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 Monday, March 13, 2023, and are to be completed online at Applicants will be notified of their status by Friday, March 17, 2023.
If you have questions, please visit, email LeeAnn Couts at or Sheryl Arden at, and/or direct questions to a faculty member within your department.

“Presenting at sURC was a challenging yet rewarding experience for me. It gave me my first opportunity ever to expound a theological concept in front of a formal audience. This was both an energizing and humbling experience as I invited others to join me in reflecting on faith and how it impacts our lives.”

Hunter Winey, '23
For more info
Sheryl Arden
740-392-6868, ext. 3200
LeeAnn Couts
740-392-6868, ext. 3210


"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)