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COLUMBUS, Miss.-- On Friday, March 26, The 2021 Undergraduate Research Conference (URC) at Mississippi University for Women will feature undergraduate student work in a virtual format for the first time this year.

URC’s first 100% virtual conference, hosted in the Fant Memorial Library’s institutional repository, Athena Commons, will make presentations globally available, allowing students to share their work with potential employers, graduate schools and more.

The URC will highlight ongoing, in-progress and proposed work of undergraduates across campus. Any W undergraduate student who has a paper, project, creative work, capstone or other researched question they’d like to present is eligible to participate in the second-annual conference.

“While I look forward to when we can have an in-person conference again, I hope this year’s virtual platform is something we can carry forward into future presentations, opening the door for online and remote students to participate from wherever they are,” said Hillary Richardson, associate professor, undergraduate research coordinator and information literacy librarian.

Richardson said the URC also will offer invaluable experience and a way for undergraduate students to strengthen their academic community, build their resume and take advantage of a chance for recognition.

The presentations will be held in the Fant Memorial Library’s digital repository, AthenaCommons, the week prior to the day of the conference. Presentations will be available for the public to view, and question-and-answer sessions will be scheduled and conducted March 26. The conference homepage is

Resources for submitting and preparing a presentation are available at

The Office of Undergraduate Research also will hold a Recording Day for students who would like help recording and presenting their project. Students can sign up for a recording time at

Students who participate are eligible for a cash prize that is awarded to projects that demonstrate excellence in different categories of research. Awards will be given in the categories of long-term research (projects that have been active two or more semesters), short-term research (projects that have been active one semester) and proposals (projects that have been researched and designed for future completion).

For more information about the URC, go to


March 9, 2021
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