Writer: Hayden Coombs
The Research and Creative Works Conference is an academic venue for students to share their original work. The conference provides students with an opportunity to engage in an independent project that will better prepare them for internships, advanced education, and the work place. At the conclusion of each semester, students can present on everything from dance, economics, communication and scientific research, engineering, and pottery.
According to conference chair, Hector A. Becerril, "The conference empowers students as they prepare for internships, advanced education, and the workplace. It also builds awareness of what is being done on campus, provides direction for students who may be unsure of their emphasis, and allows for networking opportunities between students, student researchers, and faculty mentors."
Students from every discipline are invited to participate, and it is highly encouraged that they work in conjunction with a faculty mentor. Students are to submit work of significant quality that may include a Senior thesis, a Capstone project, individual or group research, or any other work original to the student.
Riley Nielson, who was participated in his first R&CW Conference last winter, said that, "The conference was a blast. It allowed me to present an idea to a large group of people and see how it would be accepted by the general public."
For more information, you can visit the R&CW Conference Website. If you would like to get involved with the conference, or get your students involved, please contact your college representative: Jason Hunt or Jared Williams (College of Agriculture and Life Sciences), Rick Hirschi (College of Business and Communication), Eric Gee (College of Education and Human Development), Rhonda Seamons (College of Language and Letters), Greg Roach (College of Physical Sciences and Engineering), Shawn Randall (College of Performing and Visual Arts), or Hector Becerril (Conference Chair).