The Student Research and Creativity Symposium at Marshall University is intended to celebrate, promote and recognize undergraduate and graduate research and creativity across all colleges and units.

The two-day event includes a full day for undergraduate students on Friday, April 7th and a full day for graduate students on Saturday, April 8th. Both days include prestigious guest speakers from outside the university, a panel lunch and a selection of presentations from the best student work from each unit.

Students who take part in the experience will build their presentation experience and will connect with a broader audience outside of Marshall University by showcasing the breadth of student achievement to the surrounding community.

Student presentation information will be announced soon.

All events are free and open to the public.

2023 Student Research & Creativity Symposium Save The Date Flyer
A weblink for the submission of students’ abstracts (Undergraduate and Graduate) and registration is available at:
List of Invited Speakers:

  • Dr. Stephen Baylin (Johns Hopkins University, D.K. Ludwig Professor of Oncology and Medicine, Co-Director of the Cancer Biology Division and Associate Director for Research Programs of The Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins)
  • Dr. Jean Watson (Distinguished Professor of Nursing, Founder and Director of the Watson Caring Science Institute, former Dean of the University of Colorado College of Nursing)
  • Dr. Linda Parson (Ohio State University, Associate Professor at OSU, Marion) and Dr. Lisa Pinkerton (Ohio State University, Clinical Professor and the Marie Clay Endowed Chair in Reading Recovery and Early Literacy in the Department of Teaching and Learning),
  • Dr. Roderick Dashwood (Texas A&M University, Director of the Center for Epigenetics & Disease Prevention at Texas A&M College of Medicine in Houston, John S. Dunn Chair in Disease Prevention)
  • Dr. John Kopchick (Ohio University, Distinguished Professor and Goll-Ohio Eminent Scholar, Edison Biotechnology Institute & Heritage College of Medicine)
  • Dr. Steven Sheingold (Director of the Division of Health Care Financing Policy Finance at the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation)

– REMINDER: The Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol on February 10, 2023

The Office of Undergraduate Research connects students with on-campus, off-campus, and external research opportunities

– REMINDER: Save the Date for the 2023 Annual Student Research and Creativity Symposium. Fillable forms for application will be available online in January.

UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH DAY 2023, deadline extended for submission of Abstracts: the new deadline is November 18, 2022 11:59pm

It is increasingly important that the West Virginia Higher Education community work to ensure that those in State government, who provide substantial funding for higher education, have a clear understanding of the programs they fund and why these programs are important. Scholarly activities (undergraduate research and creative endeavors) must be among those programs that members of the West Virginia State Legislature understand if it is to continue to enjoy support.

For many disciplines, scholarly activities are an essential component of the university educational experience. Nothing more effectively demonstrates the value of these activities than the words and stories of the student participants themselves. Friday, February 10, 2023, from 9-11:30 a.m., theNineteenth Annual Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol (URDC) will take place in the West Virginia State Capitol Rotunda (http://www.wvculture.org/agency/capitol.html). This event features posters on research/creative endeavors from student attendees of colleges and universities around the state and will help members of the WV StateLegislature and Executive Branch understand the importance of undergraduate scholarly activities by providing members with an opportunity to speak directly with the students whom these programs impact. Directly after the poster session, students and their faculty mentors are invited to lunch at the nearby Culture Center (1900 Kanawha Boulevard East, Charleston, WV 25305; see website
(http://www.wvculture.org/agency/cultcenter.html)). Attendees can expect the luncheon event to end before 2:00 p.m.


Link to Submit a 2023 URDC Abstract: https://forms.gle/5B1ZkVmPMW4dVLRBA

The deadline for submission was Friday, November 11, 2022, at 11:59 p.m. No late submissions will be accepted. Students selected for participation will be notified in late December 2022.

To summarize:

  • Submission Deadline: Friday, November 11, 2022
  • Notification Date: late December 2022
  • Event date: Friday, February 10, 2023

Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol is sponsored by West Virginia State University, West Virginia University, Marshall University, and University of Charleston.

  • REMINDER: Save the Date for the 2023 Annual Student Research and Creativity Symposium

  • Report from MU Student Research and Creativity Symposium

Marshall University recently held its inaugural Student Research and Creativity Symposium on April 19th and 20th. Over two days, undergraduate and graduate students presented their work through poster sessions and oral presentations.

In addition to these activities, invited guest speakers, Jillian Howell, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Dr. Gordon Hager, Chief of the Laboratory of Receptor Biology and Gene Expression, NIH, Dr. Astrid Suarez, US Air Force, Dr. James Davie, Professor at the University of Manitoba, and Director of the Manitoba Epigenetic Network) gave the audience an overview of their research and/or work trajectory.

During lunch times, panels were held to discuss various aspects of “Truth and Facts” (Dr. Clay Marsh, WV Corona virus Czar, Dr. Mridul Gautam, VP-Research at the University of Nevada, Reno, and Dr. Dibyendu Sarkar, C Professor Envir. Engineering at the Stevens Institute of Technology) as well as “Creativity and Integrity” (Thomas Taylor, Editor News Desk at USA Today, Jan Rader, Time Magazine 100 Most Important People in the World in 2018, Michael J. Farrell, former Interim President of Marshall University, and Sheryl Webb, Director of the Personnel for the State of West Virginia).

More than 180 visitors registered to attend the various sessions during the Symposium. The sponsor “Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Canadian Science Publishing” has offered to publish a special edition reporting students and Faculty’s achievements. Dr. Philippe Georgel will be the Guest Editor for this Special Edition, which is expected to appear in press by the end of the year.


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Dr. Philippe Georgel
Director, Office of Student Research