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Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference for Undergraduate Scholarship (MARCUS)

UPDATE 10/19/21 The complete MARCUS 2021 program is now available in PDF.

UPDATE 10/1/21 As per the Center for Disease Control recommendations-Randolph College requires individuals, regardless of vaccination status to wear face masks inside all campus buildings. All MARCUS participants are required to wear masks.

The 23nd Annual Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference for Undergraduate Scholarship (MARCUS) will take place on Saturday, October 23, 2021, hosted by Randolph College.

MARCUS is a presentation venue for undergraduate scholarship in all disciplines. This event will take place entirely in person on the the Randolph College campus and we will follow the Commonwealth’s guidelines for COVID at that time.

MARCUS was founded and hosted by Sweet Briar College from 1999-2018.  Randolph College served first as host in 2015, and has hosted since 2019.

Registration and Cost

Entrance fee, light breakfast, and full lunch are included with registration.
All attendees, whether or not they are presenting, must register and pay at Brown Paper Tickets prior to the event.

  • “Early Bird” discounted registration (due 11:59am, Sunday, September 12, 2021) requires a payment of $25.00.
  • Regular Registration (due 11:59am, Thursday, September 30, 2021) requires a payment of $40.00

PRESENTERSWe reserve the right to edit abstracts, and/or request abstracts to be rewritten and resubmitted.

2021 Schedule

8:15-9:00am: Registration, Main Hall Lobby
Breakfast treats and coffee, Nichols Theatre

9:00am Welcome/Keynote, Nichols Theatre
Welcome: Holly Tatum, Professor of Psychology and Director of the Center for Student Research
Keynote Speaker: Sara Beck, Assistant Professor of Psychology Nichols Theatre
“Children’s Interpretation of Song Lyrics in a Multimedia Context”

10:00am-11:45am: Oral Presentations, Student Center and Psychology Building

 11:45- 12:45pm: brunch at Cheatham Dining Hall
(please sign in on the MARCUS sheets at the entrance to the Dining Hall)

Poster Presentations
1:00-2:00 pm: Poster Session I, Hampson Commons
2:00 pm Afternoon Snack Break, Hampson Commons
2:15-3:15 pm: Poster Session II, Hampson Commons

Dates and Deadlines

  • Early Bird Registration Deadline: 11:59am, Sunday, September 12, 2021
  • Regular Registration Deadline: 11:59am, Thursday, September 30, 2021
  • Final Abstract Submission Deadline: 11:59am, Thursday, October 5, 2021
  • Final presentation media file uploads to Google drive are due Tuesday, 11:59am, October 20, 2021

2021 Presentation Options

Presentation types are poster, oral presentation, or elevator speech.

  • Poster Presentations: A standard poster is a single visual, typically between 3-5 feet on a side, with a minimum of 24 point font.
  • Oral Presentations:  Oral presentations are strictly limited to 12 minutes in length, with 3 minutes for Q&A.  Most typically, accompanying slides are in presented PowerPoint, but you are not required to use slides/PowerPoint.
  • Elevator Speech (limited to 8 registrants): For the elevator speech,  the presenter describes their research so that anyone can understand it. They do not have to conform to their field’s typical way of presenting research. The elevator speech is no more than 5 minutes (with up to an additional 3 minutes for Q&A) and may use visuals in the same way as the longer, oral presentations.


Luisa Carrera, Administrative Coordinator
Center for Student Research
Randolph College
2500 Rivermont Ave
Lynchburg, VA  24503

In October 2020, we held the conference virtually and it may be viewed here.
Past Proceedings are archived from 1999-2020, and can be accessed here.
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