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Monmouth College preparing for inaugural undergraduate research conference

Barry McNamara

Plans are underway for the inaugural Conference of Undergraduate Research & Scholarship, co-sponsored by the Midwest Journal of Undergraduate Research (MJUR) and Monmouth College.

The event, which will be held April 21-22, 2017, on Monmouth’s campus, will provide an opportunity for young scholars from around nation to come together to share research, learn about other students’ projects and interact with peers.

“Both MJUR, which is published out of Monmouth College, and the College itself are heavily invested in student research, which we strongly believe in,” said Monmouth sociology professor Judi Kessler, one of MJUR’s founding faculty members. “We think this conference will be wonderful for the College and help bring it the recognition it deserves for being a leader in student research. This is a great way to let folks know who we are – who Monmouth College is and what it represents.”

The abstract submission deadline for oral or poster presentations is Jan. 31; registrations will be accepted until April 21.

The keynote speaker will be Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Isabel Wilkerson. Wilkerson, who won a Pulitzer for coverage of the 1993 Midwest floods for The New York Times, is author of the critically acclaimed The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration. In 2012, it was named to the New York Times Magazine list of All-Time Best Books of Nonfiction.

“Isabel Wilkerson is an amazing speaker,” said Kessler, who praised the “extraordinary” research Wilkerson conducted for her book, part of which involved interviews with more than 1,200 individuals over the course of 15 years.

“In her keynote speech, which she’ll present midday on April 22, she’ll devote time both to the content of her book and to the research that went into it,” Kessler said.

More information about the conference is available at