Life of the Scholar Event Planned Saturday, March 19 at Gardner-Webb University

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Public Invited to Gardner-Webb for a Day of Intellectual and Stimulating Presentations

BOILING SPRINGS, N.C. – Gardner-Webb University will host the Life of the Scholar Multidisciplinary Conference, an annual showcase of students’ undergraduate and graduate research on Saturday, March 19, beginning at Dover Campus Center in Ritch Banquet Hall.  The event is sponsored by Life of the Scholar (LOTS), an informal but dedicated group of GWU professors and students who work to take experiences from the classroom into the wider community. Other sponsors for the event are the Undergraduate Research program and Gardner-Webb’s chapter of Alpha Chi, the national multidisciplinary honor society.

Dr. June Hobbs

“LOTS Multidisciplinary Conference features several kinds of academic presentations, including research papers and creative work such as musical performances,” said Dr. June Hobbs, director of Undergraduate Research and professor of English. “Last year, we had 32 presenters in 10 concurrent sessions. This year, we have 57 presenters scheduled in 18 concurrent sessions! I think it will be a most impressive conference.”

Since its inception by Dr. Les Brown, professor emeritus in biology, who retired from GWU in 2006 after 40 years of service, the conference has allowed students to share their research with the community, stimulate creative thinking, and enhance their resumes with a professional conference credit.

Hobbs said, “Professional presentations challenge students to hone their speaking and writing skills and their self-presentation. Several students this year are giving presentations at LOTS-MC that they will also give next month at the Alpha Chi national convention in Washington, D.C.”

The conference showcases a range of stellar original research conducted by GWU students across a variety of disciplines. Senior Elisabeth Moore, who will be presenting her research on the invention of Appalachia, won a national award during a recent honors conference in Chicago, and has several graduate school offers to now consider.

Elisabeth Moore

“I spent my days [last summer courtesy of a Summer Undergraduate Research Scholarship] in front of a microfilm machine combing through newspapers and my nights consuming secondary literature,” Moore shared. “I began to wrap my head around what it means to make an original contribution to my field, something few undergraduates ever get the opportunity to consider. As a result, I have been accepted for graduate study at the University of Kentucky, North Carolina State University, and West Virginia University, all with full funding.”

The event begins with registration at 8 a.m., opening remarks at 8:30 a.m., the first session at 9 a.m., the final session at 1:30 p.m. followed by refreshments and prizes at 3 p.m.  In addition, a lunchtime panel presentation is planned at noon and will feature the research of the Alpha Chi Collaborative Project Team (Taylor Schwartz, Nathan Lile, Brooke Rampy, A.J. Horner, and Connor Bos) on “Containing Ebola: An International Approach to Combatting an Infectious Disease Across Borders.”

“Every year we are struck by how much fun everyone has at LOTS Multidisciplinary Conference,” Hobbs shared.  “We cordially invite everyone to come enjoy it.”

Located in Boiling Springs, N.C., Gardner-Webb University’s purpose is to advance the Kingdom of God through Christian higher education by preparing graduates for professional and personal success, instilling in them a deep commitment to service and leadership, and equipping them for well-rounded lives of lasting impact, Pro Deo et Humanitate (For God and Humanity).