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Blue Ridge Undergraduate Research Conference Set for April 1 at King University; Student Presenters Register by March 4

BRISTOL, Tenn., Feb. 23, 2016 – The 23rd annual Blue Ridge Undergraduate Research Conference will be held April 1, 2016, at King University’s main campus in Bristol, Tenn. Applications for students wishing to present their research at the conference are currently being accepted through Friday, March 4.

All interested students are welcome to apply. Past student research presentations have come from a vast array of disciplines including art, biology, business, chemistry, literature, environmental science, veterinary science, history, and psychology. Students may elect to participate in a poster session or give a 12-minute oral presentation to their peers and attending faculty. Presentation sessions will be grouped by discipline. A separate space will be set up and prepared for the poster session.

The conference originated in the mid-1980s primarily as a psychology conference for regional schools. It was eventually renamed the Blue Ridge Undergraduate Research Conference to better reflect the region from which the participating schools originate. Previous hosts of the Blue Ridge Undergraduate Research Conference include Carson-Newman College, King University, Lincoln Memorial University, Lindsey Wilson College, Maryville College, Milligan College, Tusculum College, and the University of North Carolina at Asheville.

“King University is honored to host this year’s Blue Ridge Undergraduate Research Conference,” said Keri-Lynn Paulson, electronic resources librarian and member of the conference committee at the University. “The conference gives undergraduate students the opportunity to present their research in a low-pressure environment. It provides an excellent start for those likely to give presentations at larger professional conferences in the future. Students can say ‘I’ve done this once; I can do it again.’ This is also a wonderful networking opportunity for everyone involved.”

The conference website is Students wishing to present at the conference will need to submit the proposal form, including a 200-word abstract, no later than March 4, 2016. The early bird registration fee is $30, which may be paid online, by check, or in cash. Early bird registration ends March 21, after which the registration fee increases to $35. Attendees not presenting may register through the day of the conference. Once registration is complete, participants will receive a confirmation email with important conference details.


King University is a Presbyterian-affiliated, doctoral-level comprehensive university. Founded in 1867 as King College, the University offers more than 90 majors, minors, pre-professional degrees and concentrations in fields such as business, nursing, law, medical and health sciences, pharmacy, education, and humanities. Graduate programs are offered in business administration, education, and nursing. A number of research, off-campus learning opportunities, and travel destinations are also available. King University is a NCAA Division II and a Conference Carolinas member with 25 varsity sports. For more information about King University, visit King University does not discriminate against academically qualified students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, age, or disability. King University is certified by SCHEV to operate locations in Virginia. For more information on SCHEV certification, contact the King University office at Southwest Virginia Community College, 309 College Road, Richlands, VA 24641.