Second BigSURS Event Deemed A Success

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Big South Conference members participated in the very successful second Big South Undergraduate Research Symposium (BigSURS) the weekend of March 27-28 on the campus of University of North Carolina Asheville.  Approximately 180 students from Coastal Carolina University, Gardner-Webb University, High Point University, Liberty University, Presbyterian College, Radford University, UNC Asheville, Virginia Military Institute and Winthrop University presented their research and creative works.  Students from across the social and natural sciences, the humanities, and the arts were represented at the multi-disciplinary conference.

UNC Asheville Chancellor Dr. Anne Ponder welcomed participants to the second BigSURS prior to the first plenary lecture.  Dr. W. Keith Campbell, Ph.D., University of Georgia Department of Psychology, provided some humor during his discussion of “Uncovering the Narcissism Epidemic.”

Big South Commissioner Kyle Kallander was in attendance and addressed the participants prior to the second plenary speaker.  Dr. John T. Gupton, Ph.D., University of Richmond Department of Chemistry and a graduate of Big South member institution VMI, emphasized the importance of undergraduate research and teamwork that went into his organic synthesis projects focusing on vinylogous iminum salts to marine natural products.

BigSURS is an outgrowth of the Conference’s Academic Consortium to foster academic relationships among the League’s membership, and is modeled after the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR), the major national collegiate academic conference.  Several papers were submitted to the proceedings of the 2009 BigSURS conference, which will be published by UNC Asheville later this year.  This symposium is partially funded by donations by the participating Big South institutions and the Big South Conference.

Radford University is scheduled to host BigSURS in 2010.