The 2021 Virtual Research and Scholarship Conference

March 24 – 26, 2021


Featuring the 23rd Annual Undergraduate Exposition and the 29th Annual Graduate Research Symposium 


Welcome to the 2021 Virtual RASC

Watch the Faculty Roundtable Discussion 

Conference Features


Undergraduate Research Exposition

The Undergraduate Research Exposition provides students with the opportunity to work with faculty to present their research to an engaged audience on campus. This annual expo features student poster, oral, performance, and exhibit presentations.

In addition, enjoy exploring the student research projects featured from the 2020 Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP)


Graduate Research Symposium

The Graduate Research Symposium highlights graduates’ research poster presentations, oral presentations, the academic paper competition, and the 3-minute Thesis competition.

This annual symposium provides graduate students with the opportunity to present their research to an engaged audience. 

2021 Featured Presentations

The 2021 Research and Scholarship Conference theme is Sustainability and Progress in the Midst of a Pandemic. 

Learn more about this theme by watching the 2021 Faculty Roundtable Discussion and enjoying the undergraduate and graduate student projects centered around this theme.


Schedule At-A-Glance

Wednesday, March 24th

Undergraduate Exposition and the 2021 RASC Featured Presentations 

All day. Debut of the Graduate and Undergraduate Student 2021 Featured Presentation Winners  

6:00 PM – 7:30 p.m. Virtual Faculty Roundtable Discussion: Sustainability and Progress in the Midst of a Pandemic 


Thursday, March 25th

The Graduate Research Symposium Oral Presentation Live Q & A Sessions 

9:00AM – Biology/Chemistry/History 

1:00PM – English/Psychology

1:00PM – Technology/ Elementary Education/MFA  

1:00PM – Physical Therapy

2:00PM– Educational Leadership



Friday, March 26th

The Graduate Research Symposium 

Graduate Research Symposium Virtual Awards Ceremony 

Hosted by Associate Provost, Dr. Brandon Schwab | Dean, Graduate School and Research, Dr. Brian Kloeppel | Graduate School  

11:30am – 12pm – Via Zoom


The Research & Scholarship Conference at Western Carolina University is made up of the Undergraduate Expo and the Graduate Research Symposium. This showcase academic event is hosted by The Office of the Provost, The Graduate School and Research, and the Honors College.