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Honors ProgramSymposium for Undergraduate Research and Creative Work (sURC)

sURC 2020

Mount Vernon Nazarene University is pleased to announce the fourth annual Symposium for Undergraduate Research and Creative Work (sURC) to take place at a date TBA in 2020. 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 to take place in the Jetter Building. These brief sessions will allow students to articulate their goals and results as well as take questions from the audience about their projects. A reception will be held prior to the opening session of the evening.
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 that are still rising in the program.
Applications are due at a date TBA and are to be completed online at Applicants will be notified of their status by a date TBA .
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 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

LeeAnn Couts
740-390-6868, ext. 3210

Sheryl Arden
740-390-6868, ext. 3200


"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)