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Undergraduate Research Conference set for April 17 PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
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Undergraduate students from the University of Southern Mississippi will present dynamic research at the inaugural College of Arts and Letters Undergraduate Research Conference from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday, April 17 in the Liberal Arts Building.

During this one-day conference, 41 participants will present their research from several different fields of study in the college including Mass Communication and Journalism, English, History, Anthropology, Sociology, Political Science and Philosophy. Organized entirely by students the history honor society, Phi Alpha Theta, this conference will start with a breakfast meet-and-greet, followed by several panels, a keynote address and prizes.

This conference, sponsored by Phi Alpha Theta and the College of Arts and Letters, awards $4,400 in prizes to students for award-winning research.

“This is going to be a wonderful conference,” said Dr. Phyllis Jestice, professor of history and chair of the department. “We hope it’ll be the first of many. It’s a wonderful chance for our best students to see each other’s work and, like all such conferences, it is a wonderful builder of confidence and self-esteem.”

Jestice noted that a few students outside of the College of Arts and Letters participated by submitting their English papers.
Dr. Stan Hauer, professor of English at Southern Miss, will deliver the keynote address. Hauer, who teaches English language history and medieval languages courses, will address the topic of Thomas Jefferson and Anglo-Saxon studies. He is best known for his scholarship on the Old English poem “Exodus” and Thomas Jefferson, who was among the first in America to study Anglo-Saxon.

This event is open to the public and gives students a chance to show off their research papers and projects to an audience of their peers and professors. For more information, contact the Southern Miss Department of History at 601-266-4333.

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