Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference for Undergraduate Scholarship (MARCUS)

Save the Date for MARCUS 2024

26th Annual Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference for Undergraduate Scholarship
Saturday, November 2, 2024
Randolph College
Pre-registration is required for all attendees

MARCUS is a presentation venue for undergraduate scholarship in all disciplines and 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

Pre-registration is required for admittance — including all student attendees, student presenters, faculty, mentors, and guests.

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

Student Presenters

Students who wish to present at the conference must submit the Presentation Application by Friday, 10/4/24, to be scheduled and included in the program.

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: 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.

Sample Schedule and Program

MARCUS 2023 Official Program (PDF)

8:15 – 9 a.m.  Registration   Main Hall Lobby
8:15 – 9 a.m.  Bagels & Coffee  Quillian Conference Room
9 – 10 a.m. Welcome and Keynote Speaker   Nichols Theatre
10:15 – 11:15 a.m.  Poster Session I   Hampson Commons
11:30 – 12:30 p.m.  Oral Presentations Session I   Nichols Theatre, Klein Boardroom, Psychology Room 101
12:30 – 1:30 p.m.  Lunch Buffet   Smith Banquet Hall, Smith Building
1:45 – 2:45 p.m.  Oral Presentations Session II    Nichols Theatre, Psychology Room 101
1:45 – 2:45 p.m.  Applying to Graduate School Panel   Klein Boardroom
3 – 4 p.m.  Poster Session II   Hampson Commons


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

Past Proceedings from 1999-2021, can be accessed in the MARCUS Archive.