Honors students present at National Conference on Undergraduate Research
April 7, 2017

More than 30 VCU Honors College students presented their research projects April 6-8 at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research at the University of Memphis.

“We’ve had outstanding luck. For the last three years, we’ve been No. 1 in the state for acceptances at this conference,” said Faye Prichard, director of writing at the Honors College. “We are top five in the country, just the Honors College — and almost all [are] first-year students.”

Eighty-one Honors College students were accepted to present at the prominent national conference. The VCU group’s youth is unique. Most conference participants are upper-class students who have conducted bench research or pre-professional research.

The NCUR trip is deeply tied to the college’s writing curriculum, where “we are nurturing critical thinkers, writers, communicators,” Prichard said. Last year, 36 students traveled to the conference in Asheville, N.C.

“It’s a nice enticement to them,” Prichard said. “If they are accepted to this conference, they will walk out of their freshman year with a publication on the CV, as well as a conference presentation. That’s a big deal.”