Campbell to host 700 students, faculty for state research symposium Saturday

More than 700 students and faculty representing 39 different universities and colleges will be on campus Saturday for the annual State of North Carolina Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium (SNCURCS), hosted for the first time by Campbell University. 

The event will feature 372 presentations (oral, poster and art) throughout campus Saturday — Kivett Hall, D. Rich, the Rumley Center and the Lundy-Fetterman School of Business — from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. In addition to the academic showcase, Campbell will also host the SNCURCS Steering Committee, with representatives from N.C. State University (host of the 2018 event), several other schools and representatives from N.C. Independent Colleges and Universities. Tours of Levine Hall of Medical Sciences and Tracey F. Smith Hall of Nursing & Health Sciences will be offered to students during down time. 

The event will mark the second time in three years Campbell has hosted a large-scale research symposium. Nearly 300 students from 19 schools took part in the 2015 Big South Undergraduate Research Symposium (BigSURS), a successful event co-chaired by Campbell Associate Professor of History Sal Mercogliano, who along with Jennifer Bunn is representing Campbell on the Steering Committee for SNCURCS this year. 

“One of the great things about BigSURS and about this upcoming conference is that is presents an opportunity for Campbell University to showcase our students and to showcase our campus in front of students and faculty from across the state,” Mercogliano said. “This is our time to show them what Campbell is all about. A lot of these people have never been to Buies Creek, and many of the faculty haven’t been here for a long time. We’re excited to present that.”