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Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference for Undergraduate Scholarship (MARCUS)

The 24th Annual Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference for Undergraduate Scholarship (MARCUS) will take place on Saturday, October 22, 2022, from 8:15 a.m.-4 p.m. 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.

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 Costs

Entrance fee, light breakfast, keynote presentation, full lunch, and afternoon snacks are included with registration.

  • Randolph College students $10
  • Early bird registration (prior to 5 p.m., 9/12/22) and general public $37
  • Registration (begins 5:01 p.m., 9/12/22) $47

All attendees (presenters, faculty, mentors, guests) need to register via the Simpletix portal to attend MARCUS.

PRESENTERS also need to complete the “Application to Submit Presentation” form to be able to present at MARCUS and be included in the program.

Deadline: 9/29/22 We reserve the right to edit abstracts, and/or request abstracts to be rewritten and resubmitted.

Presentation Types

  • Poster Presentations: A standard poster is a single visual, typically between 3-5 feet on a side, with a minimum of 24 point font. Randolph will supply a 4’x 6′ board and easel.
  • 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.

Schedule (Subject to change)

8:15-9 a.m. Registration, Main Hall Lobby

8:15 –9 a.m. Breakfast, Quillian Conference Room

9-10 a.m. Welcome/Keynote Speaker, Nichols Theatre

Keynote address by Erin Heller, Assistant Professor of Biology
“Factors affecting migratory shorebirds and their prey during spring stopovers
on Virginia’s barrier islands”

10:15-noon Oral Presentations (in assigned rooms)

noon-1 p.m. Lunch Buffet, Ashley Jack Room, Smith Hall

1:30-4 p.m. Poster Presentations, Hampson Commons

Regional Graduate Programs Fair 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Recruiters – contact Maegan Crews Fallen for more information or to reserve a space.

MARCUS Contact

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

Past Proceedings are archived from 1999-2021, and can be accessed here.
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