Research Week

Research Week Keynote Speaker Dr. Todd Zakrajsek

2018 Research Week

  • School of Music Concert Hall
  • Sat., April 14, at 2 p.m.

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Todd Zakrajsek will be the 2018 Research Week and BigSURS keynote speaker. Dr. Zakrajsek is an Associate Professor and Associate Director of the Faculty Development Fellowship in the UNC School of Medicine.

Categories for Research (Oral or Poster Presentation Format)

  • Basic. Identify and develop a fundamental research question regarding the nature of your field of study.
  • Applied. Employ quantitative, qualitative, or mixed research designs to answer a research question.
  • Theoretical Proposal. Develop new frameworks for future research.
  • Textual or Investigative. Critically engage texts, artifacts, or documents to prove a thesis, association, pattern, relationship, or previously unobserved significance. 
  • Creative and Artistic. Discover and critically evaluate source material in artistic projects for a public audience. 

New for Research Week 2018

Performing Arts Presentation: A music performance, theatre performance, or film.


Overview of 2017 Research Week

Research Week 2017 was held April 10-14 in the Jerry Falwell Library. The keynote address was given by Dr. Harold Koenig, Director of the Center for Spirituality, Theology, and Health at Duke University Medical Center. 


  • Over 150 initial applications
  • 126 final presentations (47 posters, 79 oral)
  • 14 schools and colleges represented and 54 programs of study
    • 52 presentations from the School of Health Sciences — most represented school or college
    • 27 presentations from the College of Arts & Sciences — second most represented school or college
    • 14 presentations from the B.S. in Biomedical Sciences — most represented program of study
  • 800+ faculty and students attended the oral presentations

Award Winners

Presentations were judged by 28 volunteer faculty judges. Winners represented 12 schools and colleges and 41 programs of study 

  • 18 first place honors
    • 10 Undergraduate, 8 Graduate 
  • 16 second place honors
    • 9 Undergraduate, 7 Graduate 
  • 15 third place honors
    • 9 Undergraduate, 6 Graduate
  • 4 Liberty Online students won awards
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