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Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference for Undergraduate Scholarship (MARCUS)

MARCUS at Randolph College - celebrating 25 years of undergraduate research
The 25th Annual Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference for Undergraduate Scholarship (MARCUS) will take place on Saturday, November 4, 2023, 8 a.m. – 4:30 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.


Pre-registration required for admittance
(all presenters, faculty, mentors, guests)

Register via the Simpletix portal to attend
STUDENT PRESENTERS must also complete the
Application to Submit Presentation” form
by Friday, 10/6/23, to be scheduled and included in the program.

Registration and Costs

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

  • TBA

PDF of the MARCUS 2022 program

Schedule (subject to change)

8:15 a.m. – 9 a.m. Registration  Main Hall Lobby

Breakfast – Quillian Conference Room

9 a.m. – 10 a.m. Welcome and Keynote Speaker Nichols Theatre

Welcome:  Holly Tatum, Professor of Psychology and Director of the Center for Student Research, Randolph College

Keynote Speaker:  Daniel Willingham, Professor of Psychology at the University of Virginia
“How Does Psychological Science Apply to Education”

10 a.m. – 11 a.m. Poster Presentations Session I Hampson Commons

11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Oral Presentations Session I Nichols Theatre, Klein Boardroom, Psychology Room 101

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Lunch Buffet- Ashley Jack Room, Smith Building (RSVP required)

1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Oral Presentations Session I Nichols Theatre, Klein Boardroom, Psychology Room 101

Cider & snacks – Hampson Commons

3 p.m. – 4 p.m. Poster Presentations Session II Hampson Commons

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.

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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